For many teens and kids, the Valley Oak Residential treatment program is their second chance. The center is based in Manteca, with homes throughout the Central Valley including Tracy and Stockton, and offers a safe place for kids with behavioral issues.
But according to a criminal complaint obtained by FOX40, one 16-year-old became the target of counselor Ariana Salas. The complaint claims Salas had unlawful intercourse with the boy. Salas is now in jail.
"For seven counts of illegal intercourse with a minor and eight counts of illegal oral copulation with a minor,” said Sgt. Steve Beukelman with the Tracy Police Department.
The Tracy Police Department released few details in their investigation but confirmed they did arrest 25-year-old Salas on Feb. 4.
Salas' employer, Valley Oak Residential, said Salas has worked with them for four years. The executive director and founder denied FOX40's request for an on-camera interview but did say the allegations have upset them all.
“We just can’t believe it. We see it in other places, but when it happens in your own house, it has us very ill,” Greg Potts said.
Salas has been in custody since last week at the San Joaquin County Jail. FOX40 requested a jailhouse interview, however, she said, "no, thank you."
Potts added they fingerprint and perform background checks on all their employees before they're hired.
"We just want to protect our kids," he said.
The executive director with the center also said that as soon as the investigation began they placed Salas on paid suspension.
Salas is expected to be in court on Feb. 19.