Humboldt County Man Who Has Fostered Over 30 Children Arrested and Accused of ‘Lewd Acts Against a Minor’
Late on the afternoon of Tuesday, May 23, an ongoing investigation led Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies to arrest 46-year-old William Scott Peugh of Hydesville “on charges of lewd acts against a minor (PC 288(c)(1)),” confirmed Samantha Karges, spokesperson for the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department by email.
Peugh posted a bail bond the same day he was arrested.
Peugh, who works for the City of Eureka, was a well-known foster father in the Humboldt County system. According to an article in the North Coast Journal, between 2012 and 2019, he and his wife have fostered over 30 children as of September 2019. They even adopted two siblings.
When we requested information about the number of children including those in more recent years who were fostered by the Peughs, a spokesperson for the County confirmed that the “county is aware that William Scott Peugh was arrested on May 23 and charged with committing lewd acts against a minor.” However, they declined to release information about the number of children fostered by Peugh.
“As with any case involving criminal allegations involving minors, the safety of the children is and will always be the county’s top priority,” Catarina Gallardo, a spokesperson wrote us. “Child Welfare Services officials and law enforcement are taking the necessary steps to ensure all children in the home are in a safe environment and provided with necessary services and care.”
She explained, “As this is an ongoing investigation, the county must preserve the integrity of that process and the identity of any potential victims. As such, we will not be able to discuss this case further with the press at this time.”
Please remember that Mr. Peugh should be presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.