Children’s clothing retailer and financier Brian Childs has been charged with child rape in the alleged sexual assault of a child in a van in California, the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York announced Tuesday.
Childs, a former partner of financiers Todd Foster and Paul Mott, was arrested in the San Fernando Valley on Monday, and was charged with three counts of child rape and one count of lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 13.
He is due back in court on August 17.
According to court documents, Childs was a “partner in the retail chain Kid-Wear” between 2006 and 2013, and also held a number of roles at the retailer including managing director, chief executive officer, chief financial officer and treasurer.
The indictment unsealed Tuesday charges Childs with two counts of lewd, lascivist, and obscene acts on children under 13, as well as one count each of lewd sexual conduct on a minor, sexual battery and lewd or lascistic exhibition of child pornography.
It also accuses Childs of four counts of conspiracy to commit child rape, four counts each of indecent assault and lewd fondling of a minor under 13 and one of lewd fondle of a person under 13 by a person who is at least 14 years old.
Child’s arrest was not made public because he is an alleged victim of child sexual abuse.
The charges come just days after child protective services officials released a new report on the child exploitation scandal involving Foster and Mott.
The report, which was obtained by Politico, said that Foster and the other two men were involved in a network of abuse against children that included abuse at the hands of Foster and Foster’s former girlfriend, who was also a co-founder of Kid-War fleamarkset.
The report said the men had been in contact with Foster and that they were also connected to Foster and others in a similar network of sexual abuse, but the women’s names were redacted from the report.
The allegations against Childs are being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department, the FBI and the Office of Special Investigations.
The investigation is being handled by the L.A. District Attorney’s office.