Ex-youth counselor in Redwood City pleads no contest to having sex with underage girls

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A 28-year-old Mountain View man pleaded no contest to felony child molestation charges Thursday after having sex with two underage girls at a Redwood City youth group home in 2016.

Francis Caceres struck a plea deal for eight years in state prison in connection to his case at Your House South, 394 Sequoia Ave., where he was a youth counselor when the crimes occurred.

Your House South is a temporary housing and counseling center for youth.

Caceres developed a relationship with one of the victims through flirting, which over time led to a sexual relationship, prosecutors said.

“Molestations occurred in the recreation room of the Your House South Facility,” prosecutors said.

In the case of the other victim, Caceres began meeting her in various off-site locations before the encounters became sexual.

The DA sought a nine-year state prison sentence. Caceres, who remains in custody on $1 million bail, is set for sentencing on Feb. 22.