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Foster parents accused of sexually abusing children had previous neglect reports

EL PASO, Texas - There have been several reports of neglect or abuse against the two El Paso foster parents accused of sexual abuse.

According to officials from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, there have been a total of 16 separate reports of neglect or abuse from 2005 to 2015. Only two of the reports had sufficient evidence to support the allegations, said Paul Zimmerman, a spokesman with the department.

"Somebody spoke up, there is enough evidence and the home got closed," Zimmerman said.

El Paso Police Department's Crimes Against Children unit arrested and charged Sandra Huerta, 55, for sexually abusing two children who were placed in her care. Her husband, Antonio Huerta, was reportedly part of the abuse that occurred in 2002.

The Huertas fostered a total of 36 children since 2000. Police investigators believe there may be more victims who have not been identified.

In September 2014 two victims came forward reporting sexual abuse at the east El Paso home. An arrest affidavit said the sexual abuse involved a 7-year-old girl and 10-year-old boy. The affidavit states the two were told to watch pornographic movies and engage in sexual acts with the two adults.

In September foster children living in the home were taken away and the foster home was shut down.

Foster children were placed into the home through a child placing agency where 80 percent of Texas foster children are placed, said Zimmerman.

Foster parents must undergo a series of background checks, and homes are visited by a CPA case worker a minimum of every 30 days.

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