Former foster parent arrested on child sex act charges


  By Evan Schreiber, eschreiber@bontencalifornia.com

OROVILLE, Calif. -
A former foster parent is in jail, charged with six counts of sexual acts on a child under 14 years of age.
According to Butte County officials, they had been investigating allegations against 56-year-old Eugene Charles Hastings, Sr. He was a former foster parent in the south Butte County area.
The sheriff’s office got a report in June that Hastings had allegedly inappropriately touched a foster child who was in his care in 2014. At the time of the report, the child was not under the care of Hastings. Detectives said they contacted past victims, including former foster children who filed similar complaints against Hastings.
He was arrested on six charges of lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14 and was booked into the Butte County Jail.
Hastings was arrested Wednesday. His bail was set at $300,000.
Anyone with additional information regarding the alleged actions of Hastings should call the Butte County Sheriff’s Office Special Victim’s Unit at (530) 538-7544.