Prevalence of the Problem
Approximately 530,000 children in the United States live in foster care at any given time. Some of these children are placed in foster care because they have been sexually abused, abused in other ways or neglected. Unfortunately, many of these children are abused in the foster care setting.
A study by John Hopkins University found that children who are in foster care are four times more likely to be sexually abused than other children not in this setting. Additionally, children who are in group [State] homes are 28 times more likely to be abused than children not living in these homes.
Published on Mar 8, 2017
Documentary filmmaker of “Foster Shock”, Mari Frankel, joins the program to discuss the state of the foster care system in the United States. According to publish stats, children in foster care are 3 times more likely to be sexually abused than other children. This is a deep look into the shocking abuses found in our foster care system.
Child Abuse Negl. 1999 Dec;23(12):1239-52.
Abuse of children in foster and residential care 1999.
Hobbs GF1, Hobbs CJ, Wynne JM.
This is a retrospective study of 158 children, fostered or in residential home care who were involved in 191 episodes of alleged physical and/or sexual abuse assessed and reported by paediatricians over a 6 year period from 1990 to 1995 in Leeds, England. RESULTS (see Table 1): 158 incidents of abuse in 133 children in foster/residential home care are described. In foster care, 42 children were physically abused, 76 were sexually abused, and 15 experienced both forms of abuse. In residential home care, 12 children were physically abused, 6 were sexually abused, and 6 experienced both forms of abuse. In foster care 60% of sexual abuse involved girls and 60% of physical abuse involved boys. In residential home care almost twice as many boys as girls were reported to be abused. Foster carers perpetrated the abuse for 41%, natural parents on contact for 23%, and children 20% of incidents. A significant proportion of abuse was severe with 1 death, 8 children with burns, 18 with genital, and 34 with anal penetration. Most children (80%) had been abused prior to entry into care. Foster children were 7-8 times and children in residential care 6 times more likely to be assessed by a paediatrician for abuse than a child in the general population.
Children in foster or residential care form an at risk group for maltreatment.
Two years ago (January 2016) Health Impact News reported that U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack had ruled against the State of Texas stating that the foster care system, named in a class action lawsuit on behalf of Texas foster children, was unconstitutional.
In her 255 page ruling, Judge Jack wrote:
Texas’ PMC (Permanent Managing Conservatorship) children have been shuttled throughout a system where rape, abuse, psychotropic medication, and instability are the norm.
Another report showed that more than 1,000 CA foster homes matched the addresses of registered sex offenders, 600 of whom were high risk – http://edition.cnn.com/2011/10/27/us/california-sex-offenders/index.html
In the bleak days of March 2008, the world’s media gathered outside Haut de la Garenne, a forbidding and isolated former workhouse and CHILDREN’S HOME on Jersey. Police were digging for possible human remains and other evidence after almost 200 former residents of the home alleged abuse, including torture and rape, by staff and visitors over many years, with claims that some youngsters had “disappeared”.
Officers from mainland British forces, who had previously taken over leadership of the local police force on a mission to root out alleged “endemic corruption” within Jersey’s CONSTABULARY, led the high‑profile investigation into historical child abuse on the island.
Jersey: Island of secrets (00:29:54)
60min exposing the truth about BOYS TOWN sexual abuse Queensland Australia.
Boys’ Town, Beaudesert (Or: The Greatest Con of All Time)
Last year, the “60 Minutes” program did a special on Boys’ Town. On the program, lawyer and former detective, Jason Parkinson, said that he is now representing 35 former Boys’ Town residents, and has begun legal action in Queensland’s Supreme Court. He commented that “I haven’t heard the degree of physical abuse, together with some of the most outrageous sexual abuse I’ve heard, in the one institution before. Things happened to some of those 12-year-old boys that wouldn’t have happened to prisoners of war.”
In 1984, the same program had done a promo-piece for Boys’ Town, in which then director, Br. Paul Smith, said that: “I think it is terribly important to be loved, and I think the boys who leave Boys’ Town can honestly say that at least they know they are loveable and that’s important.” The later program noted that “at this very same time it is now alleged some of the worst abuse was being committed.”
Br. Paul continuously tried to attribute the former residents’ claims to “false memory,” while denying all claims. However, at least two Brothers from Boys’ Town were convicted of child sex offences.
Boys’ Town was the subject of a three-year secret police investigation known as “Operation Sari” which commenced in 1999. It resulted in two staff being charged with 48 serious sexual offences – but the case collapsed when former students withdrew complaints.
As a result of the program, and the number of men coming forward, Queensland police have now launched a fresh investigation into the Boys’ Town.
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/01/28/world/asia/australia-salvation-army-abuse-hearing/ An Australian commission is hearing allegations of the physical and sexual abuse of boys in the care of the Salvation Army over several decades. The shocking treatment at some of the organisation’s boys homes included rape, beatings, locking boys in cages and, in one case, forcing a boy to eat his own vomit, the commission was told Tuesday.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-10-14/salvation-army-royal-commission-abuse-law-firm/6853656 The SALVATION ARMY instructed a law firm to try to resolve claims made by sexual and physical abuse victims without going to court, a royal commission has heard.
Published on Dec 12, 2017
AZ DCS illegally took my 2 year old baby girl and my 2 month old baby boy. On my first visit I noticed my daughter and son were both being sexually abused as well as physically abused. DCS refusing to get them to the hospital. Mommy’s coming mommy loves both of you with all my heart. Pray that God keeps my babies safe and brings them back home. Amen.
Arizona Places 2 Year Old Child in Foster Pornographic Pedophile Ring run by David Frodsham. After this they then places this child into care of Foster Mom Samantha Osteraas who Burns 80% of the child’s body
We were only able to report on this because a court-appointed guardian of the child sued the Arizona Department of Child Safety, making the alleged crimes public knowledge. However, what was not published by the general media who reported on this story was the birth mother’s perspective, and why the child was taken away from her family in the first place.
Health Impact News has interviewed the mother and investigated her story, and we now bring it to the public. It is yet another example of just how corrupt child “protective” services have become.
Young Devani was seized from her family just days before her second birthday. The social worker had no warrant or court order when she made the decision that would change the child’s life forever.
The question arises: What horrors did the real parents do that could justify CPS putting a child into such heinous situations?
The beautiful blond-haired, blue-eyed toddler was allegedly taken from her home under false pretences. The allegations of domestic disturbance, mental illness of the mother and drug use by the mother, were shown to be questionable from the very beginning, yet CPS (now renamed DCS – Department of Child Services) continued to pursue their case, placing the child into one nightmare situation after another, which almost cost her life. Some people claim she would have been far better off if she had been killed, rather than face the horrors no child should ever have to face.
Her maternal grandmother was already approved by the State of Arizona when she adopted another child, yet DCS has consistently refused to consider placing Devani with her. Her paternal grandmother, likewise, was never considered as an option.
Though she had never been abused in her own home, Devani was placed into foster care with strangers, and her abuse began almost immediately. Her mother says, “They took that precious angel and destroyed her life. If I could take her place, I would”.
A Tucson 5-year-old, Devani, lived with a foster father now imprisoned for sex crimes against children.
State authorities had removed her from her biological parents and placed her, as a toddler, in the Sierra Vista home of David Frodsham, where she lived with other foster children from 2013 until January 2015.
Frodsham was arrested in 2016 after federal authorities accused him of sexual misconduct with children and of providing at least one child to an alleged child pornographer, Randall Bischak, for sexual contact. The foster father pleaded guilty. The names of child sex victims are not public.
Previous reports on his case quote a federal criminal complaint as saying Bischak and Frodsham allegedly met for consensual sex with children present.
The biological mother of the Tucson child says she raised concerns with state workers that while living in Frodsham’s home, her toddler daughter had repeated urinary-tract infections, which can be a sign of sexual abuse in children, but says those concerns went unanswered.
From Frodsham’s home, the little girl had to commute nearly 90 minutes each way to see her biological parents in Tucson. She initially would “cry until she fell asleep” after she left her parents, said Beth Breen, a former taxi driver for children in state custody. Breen took the child back and forth for nearly a year, ending in March 2014.
The little girl would scream in fear around strange men, Breen said, making it nearly impossible for male drivers to take her, and so Breen said she became her regular driver.
Breen has had trouble sleeping since she realised, about a week ago, that the little girl in the news was the toddler she’d transported.
Arizona Department of Child Safety records show that the girl’s biological mother, Michelle Tremor-Calderon, was nearly reunified with the child before her parental rights were terminated in 2015.
What Calderon desperately wants now — and she has asked Tucson attorney Lynne Cadigan to help her — is to see her hospitalised daughter and, if the little girl is not going to survive, to say goodbye.
The child was adopted last summer by Samantha and Justin Osteraas and given a new name, law enforcement records and accounts on social media show.
Samantha Osteraas, 28, was arrested Jan. 5 after the 5-year-old girl suffered third-degree burns over 80 percent of her body, from the upper chest down, sheriff’s records show. Osteraas might have waited up to six hours to seek medical treatment, court records say. She told 911 dispatchers she didn’t realise she was bathing her “daughter” in scalding water.
Deputies also noted bruises to the child’s neck and left arm, and saw blood and signs of trauma on her upper lip. Hours after the incident, the 5-year-old was reported to be in respiratory and organ failure. She remains at Banner-University Medical Centre in a medically induced coma. (The child subsequently lived was scarred and lost her toes.)
After the arrest, the DCS removed the Osteraas’ three young biological children from the family’s home near North Shannon Road and West Lambert Lane. It is unclear whether they have been reunified with their father.
Calderon learned a little more than a week ago that the hospitalised girl was the child she’d lost. Calderon has not seen her daughter since July 2015, but, like Breen, looked up the adoptive parents on social media and saw her daughter in their family photos.
The girl was taken from her in April 2013 following a domestic fight between Calderon and the child’s father, Jonathan Hileman. She remained in foster care while her parents, who struggled with cocaine addiction, worked toward reunification.
The girl’s father, who is a registered sex offender from a 1999 crime involving an adult victim, had failed to notify police about his new address, and that was another factor in their case, at least initially.
Throughout the dependency case, Hileman continued to relapse while Calderon began to sustain her sobriety, reports show.
As of May 2014, Calderon was moving toward reunification with her daughter when she violated a court order by letting the father, who was not allowed unsupervised visitation, to be at home with them. The couple tried to remedy that significant error by later separating, records show. In February 2015, Hileman relinquished his parental rights. Calderon said he did this primarily to help her regain custody of their daughter. A couple of months later, in April 2015, court records showed Calderon to be in full compliance with her case plan. But the behaviour of their then-3-year-old child was deteriorating around this time, DCS records show. She had prolonged temper tantrums, urinated on herself and cried for prolonged periods after her visits.
The child’s caseworker and a DCS-appointed family therapist testified this was “because the child was having difficulty relating to her mother, that the mother had inappropriate conversations in front of the child and didn’t know how to meet her daughter’s emotional needs.” In the end, a judge severed Calderon’s parental rights based on her “violating the court’s orders related to Hileman, the length of time the child had been in out-of-home care without successful reunification — well beyond the nine months required by law — and the serious negative behaviours the child would exhibit around her mother, but reportedly would not display when away from her.”
Calderon tried to appeal the termination, but was not successful.
“They took her away,” she said last week, “and look what they’ve done to her.”
Calderon repeatedly told Breen, the driver, that she thought something was wrong while her daughter lived in Sierra Vista. Calderon said she was always on the watch, fearful her daughter was being mistreated — so much so that her concern for her child’s welfare was brought up as a problem and deserving of severing her parental rights.
At one point, Calderon called Sierra Vista police to have a welfare check done at the house, and this was not well-received by the DCS, according to both the mother and DCS records.
“I did address my concerns to the case manager and she had no concerns,” Calderon said. “She told me the (Frodsham) home was a good home and nothing like that was going on there.”
The repeated urinary-tract infections, which records show were treated following medical visits, were blamed mostly on “the child consumed too many sugary drinks”.
Records show the caseworker thought it was Calderon who was teaching her daughter to fear men and told her to stop more than once.
Breen, who also thought the Frodsham home seemed like a safe placement, said she feels guilty she didn’t take Calderon’s fears more seriously.
“When I was transporting her, her mom kept saying, ‘Something’s not right, something’s not right,’” Breen said. “I kept reassuring her that it seemed like a good home.”
Frodsham was licensed to have up to five foster children at a time, male and female, with the ages ranging from birth to 11, the DCS reported.
DCS officials said they could not comment further on the case.
Breen said several foster children of various ages were living in the home when Calderon’s child was there, including one other toddler. Frodsham was licensed as a foster parent in Arizona from 2002 until January 2015, when he was arrested on charges of aggravated drunk driving. His license was then suspended due to suspension of his fingerprint clearance card.
Frodsham was later charged with sex crimes after federal authorities, in 2016, alerted Sierra Vista police about his alleged involvement with Bischak, a former U.S. Army specialist. The Department of Homeland Security was investigating Bischak for allegedly producing and distributing child pornography.
Frodsham, who was indicted on seven counts related to sex crimes against children, pleaded guilty in June 2016 to three counts, including two counts of sexual conduct with a minor and attempted sexual conduct with a minor, said Cochise County Attorney Brian McIntyre.
Frodsham is now serving a 17-year prison sentence with the Arizona Department of Corrections and will be required to register as a sex offender for life.
Calderon has a small collection of photographs from her visits with her daughter, along with photos she collected of bruises and scratched feet she feared indicated her daughter was being mistreated in foster care.
Months after her rights to her daughter had been severed, she learned about Frodsham’s arrest.
She agonised over that, thinking — until now — it was the worst news she could ever hear.
GREENDALE, Ind. (WKRC) – A pair of Greendale foster parents are arrested after a complaint by a foster child led to child porn charges. Kent and Robin Taylor face charges of child pornography and neglect of a dependent charges. Kent Taylor, 63, also faces a charge of child seduction.
According to the Dearborn County Prosecutor’s Office, the foster child complained to the Child Advocacy Centre that Kent Taylor grabbed her buttocks several times and made sexual comments about her butt and breasts after she moved into the couple’s home.
Investigators got a search warrant for the couple’s cell phones. A detective said he found pictures of children’s genitalia and child porn on them. The Taylors were foster parents through National Youth Advocated Program (NYAP) which contracts with the Division of Child Services to find foster parents.
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.
A 41-year-old FOSTER father, businessman, accused of molesting a child had his carer accreditation approved by Child Safety three months after the abuse was said to have started.
A NewsRegional special investigation reveals the prominent Gold Coast businessman was charged in May with indecent treatment after he allegedly assaulted a boy aged under 12 “at a motel in Brisbane” and at his home.
It is understood the offending began in August last year and the man’s carer accreditation was renewed three months later.
A source close to the case told NewsRegional the victim said he woke up to the man “massaging” his body.
The offending was flagged with Child Safety in March and the man was charged with indecent treatment on May 26.
It is believed he allegedly assaulted the boy at a motel and at his home on the Coast.
The man, who cannot be named, has fostered dozens of children since becoming a carer
in September 2015.
A TOWNSVILLE foster carer who twice molested a girl, 13, in his care has been jailed.
The retired army officer, 63, who cannot be named to protect the girl, pleaded guilty in Townsville District Court on Wednesday to three counts of indecent treatment of a child.
Crown prosecutor Will Slack said the man and his wife became long-term guardians for the girl in January last year. The man and girl were watching a movie in April last year when he rubbed her leg and put his hand under her shirt, touching her breast.
A County Down foster father has been given a five-year sentence for sexually abusing a young girl in his care.
The judge told the 71-year-old that the abuse, which began when the girl was five, was a “gross breach of trust”.
The former security guard cannot be named to protect his victim’s identity.
He pleaded guilty to five counts of indecent assault, two of gross indecency and one charge of inciting a child to commit an act of gross indecency.
The judge said there was a “significant age gap” of 34 years between the defendant and his victim, who is now a 36-year-old married woman.
KENOSHA COUNTY, Wis. —
A foster father is accused of sexually assaulting boys he was supposed to be helping.
Gary Reed, 65, is accused of raping a teenage boy in his care more than 20 years ago in Kenosha County.
The criminal complaint said one victim told police the sexual assaults began in a home in Twin Lakes. The victim said he was sexually assaulted two to four times a week for more than four years.
One former foster child said Reed bribed him with “wine to drink and marijuana. ”
A second foster child told detectives “that approximately 22 other foster children may have been sexually assaulted.”
One foster victim said Reed also made repeated threats.
The foster father, Reed, who now lives in Manitowoc, admitted “He had taken” the victim’s “virginity by being the first person to be sexually intimate” with the victim.
Foster father, 41, raped six-year-old girl – and the attack only came to light when police found 55-second video and pictures of him abusing her
A foster father has been charged for sexually abusing a six-year-old in his care
The man, from Cairns, was sentenced to six-and-a half years in jail
Police raided the man’s home last year to find over 6700 pornographic images
He later admitted he’d been sexually attracted to younger girls since a teenager
The man and his then-fiancee were registered foster carers when they began caring for the girl and her two sisters in early 2016, the court heard.
The man will be eligible for parole in November 2018.
The Alaska Office of Ombudsman released an investigative report on the several complaints about a caseworker at the office of children’s services. In one of the cases, the father, who lived out of state, was trying to get custody of his daughter. According to the report, he called the caseworker more than 130 times. During the time, his daughter was sexually abused by her foster father. The caseworker was alerted to the alleged abuse, but it was several months before the girl was removed from the home.
A 58-year-old man who was once a licensed foster parent is behind bars this week in Texas, where he stands accused of sexually assaulting five children who lived with him between 2005 and 2010, PEOPLE confirms.
Miguel Briseno took in more than 180 young girls as a foster parent before the state revoked his license seven years ago, according to a spokesman with the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office.
The spokesman tells PEOPLE that authorities in two Texas counties firmly believe there are more victims out there.
A joint investigation between investigators in Bexar and Medina counties led to Briseno’s recent arrest. He faces five charges of sexual assault of a child and is being held on $500,000 bond.
Authorities confirm an unidentified third-party company was hired by Child Protective Services to place the foster girls in Briseno’s home. Representatives for CPS could not be reached for comment by PEOPLE.
Detectives began investigating Briseno several weeks ago, after some of his accusers came forward.
A 36-YEAR-OLD Gladstone foster carer and youth worker has been sent to prison after pleading guilty to initiating and maintaining sexual relationships with two underage girls in his care.
Judge Michael Burnett handed down a nine and a half year sentence in Rockhampton District Court yesterday and deemed the man a worse offender than a parent carrying out a similar offence with their own child.
The offending took place over two two-year periods, starting in 2010. Both victims were 12-years-old when he initiated the abuse.
Judge Burnett said the offender carried out every sexual act with the two victims that was normal for two consenting adults, plus more.
He said he acted in a pedophiliac way, grooming the relationship between himself and the victims.
“She was far too young to understand what you were seeking from her,” Judge Burnett said.
The acts between the offender and the first victim came to an end when she was placed in other accommodation – a youth accommodation facility in Gladstone.
“That’s where you were introduced to the second complainant,” Judge Burnett said.
The man included deception with both victims, declaring his love for them and telling them he had terminal cancer.
Victim one said: she has no self confidence as a result of the abuse, which took place over a two-year period about four times a week.
After about a year living in the house, she began self harming and not long after that, she was moved into the youth accommodation where the man also worked.
Victim two said: it took her a long time to tell anyone about the abuse, mainly because she was a ‘troubled child’ and thought no one would believe her.
“I want people to know they can speak up and people will believe them,” she said.
However, it’s not all positive for her.
“He gets nine years jail,” she said. “I get a life time of trauma.”
She was 14 when she realised how wrong the situation was and that’s when she became consumed with thoughts of shame, guilt and blame.
A PRIMARY school girl has been left with two STIs after being sexually assaulted by her state approved foster carer – just months after being placed into care following sex abuse at home.
The child was removed from her family home after she was abused by a 32-year-old friend of her brother at the age of six.
But while in the care of two approved foster parents, the girl – then just seven or eight – was found to have contracted gonorrhoea and chlamydia, the Croydon Advertiser reported.
The girl’s ordeal emerged after Croydon Safeguarding Children Board (CSCB) carried out a case review to discover how authorities were able to miss the signs of abuse.
Shocking details in the report reveal the youngster – named as Claire – had gone to school “splay-legged” after just her first night with the foster family.
But poor girl spent a further 15 months in the horror home before social workers realised what was going on and removed her – despite the child’s school and GP flagging their concerns.
A total of eleven “findings” were noted in the 71-page report, including failures in communication, approval of foster carers and problems with inexperienced staff and their managers.
A pedophile foster parent, a man who was previously head of an evangelical church in Amursk in Russia’s Far East, has been arrested and charged with raping 900 children that he was meant to be taking care of. 37-year-old Russian man Viktor Lishavsky has been described by police as a “monster” who treated children in his care as sex slaves.
According to investigators, Lishavsky had built up an empire from the government paycheques he received for fostering so many children, that enabled him to buy a second home that he used to abuse children in secret.
His ‘children’ were shown on TV as an example of a successful family helping deprived youngsters.
He is accused of 248 rapes plus 358 “violent sexual acts” against girls aged 13 or under, according to a leaked charge sheet.
He additionally faces accusations of another 22 “violent acts of a sexual nature” against girls below the age of 14.
Lishavsky committed a further 11 rapes or other brutal sexual attacks in which he threatened murder or serious harm to health, it is alleged.
These involved “particular cruelty”, according to the charges.
A FAMILIES SA-vetted foster father who cared for dozens of children over almost three decades has been jailed for 14 years over the persistent sexual abuse of a young girl in his care.
In sentencing on Tuesday, District Court Judge Simon Stretton was scathing in his summary of the man’s offences, which included charges of gross indecency, four counts of unlawful sexual intercourse and aggravated indecent assault between 2012 and 2015.
The victim was removed from her family because of neglect and placed in the care of the man, 57, and his wife, who lived in a rural property outside Mount Gambier, in 2011.
Judge Stretton said the man, who The Advertiser has not named to protect the identity of the victim, had traumatised the girl deeply over a three-year period, causing mental anguish and setting back her recovery from a troubled earlier life.
“You have had a catastrophic effect on the victim,” Judge Stretton said.
“Your behaviour had significantly negatively impacted on her ability to recover from trauma.
“She will experience long term difficulties in all areas of her life.
“Your actions can only be described as an outrageous breach of trust of the worst kind.”
The abuse started in January 2012 when the victim was aged 7 and the man committed gross indecency by showing the girl his genitalia.
From there the abuse escalated over three years before the man was arrested on May 19, 2015, after camera phone footage of the half-naked man in the victim’s bedroom was presented to Mount Gambier police.
The footage was filmed on the phone of another foster child in the man’s care who could be heard saying “got you on camera, dad” before the footage ended.
The victim and three other foster children then left the house and went to police.
The victim had developed multiple personalities to deal with the ongoing trauma as well as suffering numerous developmental issues and was now living with professional carers without a steady family around her.
A teenage boy has been jailed for more than four years for sexually abusing two young children who had been placed in his foster family’s care by Child Youth and Family.
The youth’s parents were also convicted of physically assaulting a foster child in their care.
According to court documents released to the Herald the youth began abusing the children, a 7-year-old girl and her 8-year-old brother, two days before Christmas in 2014.
He was 16 at the time.
The children had been placed in his parents care by Child Youth and Family – now the Ministry of Vulnerable Children Oranga Tamariki – in late 2012.
The couple was granted full custody of the youngsters in November 2014 – about a month before their son started to abuse them.
They were approved as caregivers in August 2011 and had 14 children live with them until October 2015, shortly after the offending was revealed.
It came to light after police executed a search warrant on the family home in relation to an unrelated sexual complaint against the youth.
He had been accused of the raping a 14-year-old girl and was later charged – but the case was dismissed after a judge-alone trial in the Youth Court.
When police began their investigation into that allegation, they discovered photographs of “young female and male genitalia” on an iPad.
The summary said when the children were interviewed by specialists, they were both reluctant to speak out about the youth.
“They both said they were too scared to say what had happened with [him].
The little girl told the interview that the sexual acts she was forced into were “too hard to talk about”, but they were “inappropriate” and “something that she did not want to do”.
She said the assaults occurred “every day”.
Oregon State Police troopers are looking for a Junction City man accused of sexually abusing a foster child in his care, according to a search warrant affidavit filed last week in Lane County Circuit Court.
Joe Albert Raygosa, 45, and his family, including his wife and three biological children, abruptly moved from their rental home on Pine Court in Junction City last month after Eugene police questioned him about the sexual abuse allegations made by one of two former foster children.
Raygosa had refused to talk to Eugene detectives in October, according to the affidavit, and police have not been able to reach him, his wife or their adult son since, because their phone numbers all have been disconnected.
A neighbour told police that she saw the family pack up and leave one early morning in late October.
The girl was interviewed at Kids’ First Centre and confided in an interviewer about each of the incidents that allegedly occurred with Raygosa, in which she said he would sometimes bribe her with candy. Raygosa told her to keep the abuse a secret, the affidavit states.
The affidavit, written by Eugene police detective Ben Hall, states that Raygosa is believed to have committed the crimes of first-degree rape, first-degree unlawful sexual penetration, first-degree sodomy and first-degree sexual abuse.
At the end of the girl’s Kids’ First interview, the child was briefly left alone in the interview room.
It was then, according to the affidavit, the little girl whispered to herself, “I feel brave.”
JUNE 3, 2017 06:00 AM “Rot in hell,” a woman yelled from the crowded public gallery as former foster parent Kurk MacKay was led away by sheriffs to begin serving a 12-year prison sentence for sexually interfering with two young children placed in his care.
On March 9, MacKay was convicted by a jury of two counts of sexual assault and two counts of sexual interference. The offences were committed against a boy who lived with MacKay and his wife from the age of four to 11. The boy, now 17, believes the offences took place from 2005 to 2009, starting when he was five years old. The second victim was a seven-year-old girl placed in the foster home in 2008.
The offences came to light after the children, who are not siblings, were no longer with the MacKays and had been placed in other foster homes. The two children eventually, separately, disclosed what had happened to West Shore RCMP.
On Friday, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Brian MacKenzie sentenced MacKay, a married father of four who worked as a electrician at the Department of National Defence, to two consecutive six-year prison terms for each victim.
In October 2008, the Ministry of Children and Family Development portrayed the MacKays as a model foster-parent family. A ministry news release, which is still online, cited MacKay and his wife, Nicola, who at that time had fostered 16 foster children, as an example of “amazing and resilient” foster-parent families.
During the three-week trial, the boy testified that MacKay crawled into his bed at night and forced him to have anal sex. MacKay put his hand over the boy’s mouth to stop him from crying out, he said. After MacKay left the bedroom, the boy cried himself to sleep. It happened more than 10 times, he said.
The boy also told the jury he was forced to perform fellatio on MacKay. He testified that when he told his foster mother about the abuse, Kurk MacKay threatened him.
The girl, now 15, was placed in the MacKay foster home in 2008. She described how MacKay would have anal sex with her, bouncing her while naked on his exposed penis as she sat on his lap. MacKay would seat her on his lap and show her pornographic images as a prelude to sexually assaulting her, she testified. After, he would tell her how special she was. MacKay hurt her when he used a vibrator to penetrate her, she said.
MacKay, 44, who testified in his own defence, denied the offences. His wife and one of his daughters testified that he wouldn’t have had the opportunity to commit the offences.
A court-ordered psychiatric assessment found MacKay reluctant to admit even his minor faults. “He may be blindly uncritical of his own behaviour and insensitive to negative consequences of his behaviour and how they affect others,” said the report.
A foster father, once licensed by the state to take care of abused and neglected children in Anchorage, will go to prison for sexually abusing the girls he was supposed to protect.
Jose Morales, 42, pleaded guilty in March to two felony counts of sexual abuse of a minor. One of the charges involved molesting two girls and the other involved one.
On Thursday, in a courtroom packed with family and friends supporting Morales, Anchorage Superior Court Judge Eric Aarseth sentenced him to six years in prison and five years of probation for the abuse. Morales told the judge he didn’t want to say anything in his own defence.
The judge told Morales that he will have to register as a sex offender for life.
Before Alaska State Troopers handcuffed Morales and took him away, he hugged and kissed his wife and hugged others in the courtroom too.
The state licensed the Moraleses in 2001 to provide emergency care for children. They eventually were approved to care for up to six foster children at once.
The first girl was abused in 2003 and incidents with her and others continued until authorities were alerted in 2005, a police complaint filed in 2006 said. The abuse included “games” that involved pinching or hitting girls on their breasts or hitting them on their buttocks, sometimes as he wrestled them, the complaint said.
Morales eventually was indicted on charges of touching six foster girls over several years. and on charges of having sex with one of them, but most of the charges, including the most serious counts, were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.
The state Office of Children’s Service first received a report of sexual abuse against Morales in October 2005. The six foster children in the home at that point were removed right away, according to OCS. The couple then gave up their foster care license.
The adopted daughter of Woody Allen, foster father, has renewed claims the filmmaker “sexually abused” her as a child in 1992.
In an open letter, Dylan Farrow accuses Mr Allen of molesting her in a “dim, closet-like attic” at the age of seven.
Ms Farrow, now 28, also criticises Hollywood’s continued celebration of “a predator [who] brought chaos into our home”.
Mr Allen was investigated over the abuse allegations at the time of the incident, but was not charged.
A panel of psychologists, appointed by US prosecutors and the police, concluded that Dylan had not been molested.
The case caused controversy when a prosecutor later said there had been “probable cause” to charge Mr Allen, but he had chosen not to, in order to protect the child.
Dylan Farrow opens her letter, published on the New York Times website, by asking: “What’s your favourite Woody Allen movie? Before you answer, you should know: when I was seven years old, Woody Allen took me by the hand and led me into a dim, closet-like attic on the second floor of our house.
“He told me to lay on my stomach and play with my brother’s electric train set. Then he sexually abused me”.
Ms Farrow, who now lives in Florida under a different name, said she developed an eating disorder and was self-harming following the incident.
“That he got away with what he did to me haunted me as I grew up,” she writes.
Of the panel who dismissed her claims back in 1992, Ms Farrow says: “Sexual abuse claims against the powerful stall more easily. There were experts willing to attack my credibility.”
Actress Mia Farrow became romantically involved with Woody Allen in the early 1980s. The pair, who never married and kept separate homes, jointly adopted Dylan and her brother, Moses.
The couple split in 1992 amid revelations that Mr Allen had an affair with another adopted daughter of Mia Farrow, Soon-Yi (45 years his junior). Farrow allegedly discovered Allen’s nude Polaroid photographs of Soon-Yi in late 1991.
A US couple pleaded guilty to the sexual abuse of their adopted Russian son after turning him into their “sex slave,” local media reported, citing officials. Both will now get lengthy prison sentences for molestation of the boy which spanned a decade.
Ralph Flynn, 73, and his wife Carolyn Flynn, 44 , from the town of Los Gatos, California, will be sentenced under a plea deal announced Wednesday, Mercury news reported.
Ralph Flynn, who has been in custody since his arrest in 2015, was charged with sexually molesting the boy since he was nine for a period of 10 years. He will get a 24-year prison sentence under the deal negotiated by Santa Clara County deputy district attorney Oanh Tran.
Carolyn Flynn, who is said to have started abusing the boy when he was 15, will be given 12 years in prison, her attorney Wes Schroeder said.
In 2016, Denis shared his story exclusively with the SF Chronicle, saying that he was seven when his mother died of cancer and he and his sister (with whom he was separated) were taken to Russian orphanages. “Ralph called it a special occasion only,” Denis said of his adoptive mother’s participation. “His birthday, her birthday, my birthday, Christmas present. It’s messed up.”
His adoptive parents always told him to keep silent about the abuse. However, when Denis was 19, he refused Ralph Flynn’s demands and his adoptive father hit him. Denis left the house and never came back. In 2012, Russia adopted the Dima Yakovlev Law, which bans the adoption of Russian children by US citizens. The text of the law cited several cases of abuse of Russian children by their American adoptive parents to justify the move. They complained that the punishment for the offenders handed down by the US justice system was disproportionately mild.
One of the 5-year-old twins ordered removed from their parents by Fayette County Judge Kathy Stein was subsequently sexually abused by her foster father, according to grand jury indictments of him.
The girl, who suffered from cerebral palsy, was sodomised multiple times roughly two months after she was removed from her mother and father in February 2015, according to court and child protection records.
Kathy Stein, a Family Court judge, was ultimately suspended twice in about six months by the state’s Judicial Conduct Commission and was ordered to undergo more training because of the twins’ case and two others.
Before the judge was suspended, Stein sustained a child protective services’ finding that the twins were at risk for abuse by their biological father because of “substantiated” allegations of sexual abuse of the children’s older half-sister and used that decision — more than a year after the twins were put in foster care — to justify keeping the youngsters from their biological parents. The original allegation of sexual abuse against the twins’ father came directly from the foster parents.
The foster father would later be charged by police with sexually abusing one of the twins. He and his wife also were fostering the half-sister at the time.
A former foster parent was sentenced on Wednesday in Fort Smith to life in federal prison for sexually assaulting minors.
U.S. District Judge P.K. Holmes called the defendant Clarence “Charlie” Garretson’s repeated sexual abuse and rape of children in his home “the most horrific criminal conduct I’ve seen in regards to child exploitation.”
Holmes also noted the “extreme failure on the part of the [Arkansas] Department of Human Services in this case.” DHS, the state agency responsible for child welfare and foster care in Arkansas, licensed Garretson and his wife, Lisa, as foster parents from 1998 to approximately 2004. The state placed some 35 children in the household over that time period. Holmes said the pre-sentencing report — which is sealed by court order — provides evidence that 14* of those children were abused by Garretson.
A former foster father was sentenced to life in prison without eligibility for parole for 35 years in a child-sex case involving five boys once under his care.
Roger H. Ball, 65, of Akron, was convicted of one count of rape, one count of sexual battery and five counts of gross sexual imposition in a Summit County jury trial in May.
He essentially will spend the rest of his life in prison. After a lengthy investigation by Akron police detectives, Ball was arrested in March 2011. His offences began in January 2007, according to details in his indictment.
Allegations surfaced in June 2010, when one child reported being fondled.
All of his victims were under the age of 13.
The rape victim was 11 years old, Summit Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh said.
Walsh escorted the mother of one of the victims, who stood at the bench and tearfully addressed the court before sentencing.
“I hope that every day you’re in a prison cell, you feel nothing but pain,” the woman said. “You, and only you, took away my baby’s innocence, his respect for himself, his dignity and his pride.
Ball made no comment to the judge or families of the victims, saying only that he intends to appeal his convictions.
An Oregon child-welfare investigator concluded that Ed Murray sexually abused his foster son in the early 1980s, leading state officials to assert that “under no circumstances should Mr. Murray be certified” as a foster parent in the future, according to public records obtained by The Seattle Times.
The investigation by Oregon Child Protective Services (CPS) of Jeff Simpson’s allegations determined them to be valid — meaning the agency believed Murray sexually abused Simpson, the records show.
“In the professional judgement of this caseworker who has interviewed numerous children of all ages and of all levels of emotional disturbance regarding sexual abuse, Jeff Simpson has been sexually abused by … Edward Murray,” CPS caseworker Judy Butler wrote in the May 1984 assessment.
Murray, elected Seattle’s mayor in 2013, last week repeated in an interview with The Seattle Times that he never abused Simpson, and he underscored that prosecutors had decided decades ago not to charge him.Still, the newly disclosed records reveal that a Multnomah County prosecutor withdrew a criminal case against Murray because of Simpson’s troubled personality, not because she thought he was lying.
“It was Jeff’s emotional instability, history of manipulative behaviour and the fact that he has again run away and made himself unavailable that forced my decision,” Deputy District Attorney Mary Tomlinson wrote.
In Oregon, about 10 percent of child-abuse reports annually have in recent years been deemed to be “founded” in courts. “Other than the salacious nature of it, I don’t see what the story is,” said Murray. “The system vindicated me. They withdrew the case.”
For five months, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray rejected calls for his resignation amid allegations he sexually abused teens decades before entering politics.
But Murray couldn’t withstand a devastating new allegation from within his own family. He announced his resignation Tuesday, hours after news emerged that a younger cousin was publicly accusing Murray of molesting him in New York in the 1970s.
A 46-year-old Kent man sued Seattle Mayor Ed Murray on Thursday, claiming Murray “raped and molested him” over several years, beginning in 1986 when the man was a 15-year-old high-school dropout.
The lawsuit in King County Superior Court, filed under the man’s initials, “D.H.,” alleges Murray sexually abused the crack-cocaine addicted teen on numerous occasions for payments of $10 to $20.
“I have been dealing with this for over 30 years,” the man, now sober for a year, said in an interview with The Seattle Times. He said he was coming forward as part of a “healing process” after years of “the shame, the embarrassment, the guilt, the humiliation that I put myself through and that he put me through.” The lawsuit gives details about Murray’s 1980s Capitol Hill apartment, accurately recalls Murray’s phone number from the time, and offers a description of his genitals.
Before first paying D.H. for sex in 1986, according to the lawsuit, “Mr. Murray asked D.H. his age, and he responded truthfully, age 15.” Murray was then in his early 30s.
A former foster child abused in three state-licensed foster homes after Washington child services workers took her from her drug-addicted mother has won a $1.3 million settlement with the state.
Suing the state last April, attorneys for the young woman claimed she was sexually assaulted at three foster homes after she was pulled from her mother’s care as a young child. Two of her former foster fathers have since been convicted of child molestation, as has one of her foster brothers.
Now, the state has agreed to pay the young woman and her attorneys $1.3 million in compensation for the damage done to her on the Department of Social and Health Services’ watch.
“Nothing was ever done to remotely ascertain if this child was in a safe home,” the woman’s attorneys said in a statement.
“Our client will finally have an opportunity for a safe and stable life, a life she always deserved,” Garcidueñas-Sease continued. “She endured pain that no one should ever endure, especially a foster child.”
According to the lawsuit, the state Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) licensed one of the girl’s foster mothers even though she herself had previously lost custody of her own children due to a drug problem.
“You think that the parade of horrors would end at a certain point, but it does not,” said Vito de la Cruz, a Bellevue attorney representing the woman.
“You don’t expect children to be treated this way, and it shouldn’t happen to any child,” de la Cruz said. “We as a society should demand more.”
A Laval couple has been sentenced to ten and eight years in prison for sexually and physically abusing foster children.
Jacques Laporte and Micheline Charland-Laporte were also confronted with new charges on Thursday when they appeared in court, and they pleaded guilty to physically and sexually abusing a man, now in his forties, who was their foster child in the 1970s.
The Laportes admitted earlier this year to 22 separate charges of abuse against five children.
The victims cannot be identified because they were all minors, some as young as six years old, when the crimes began.
One victim said the Laportes repeatedly flogged him with a belt until he bled as punishment for not making his bed properly or for not sweeping the floor.
Two sisters said they were sexually assaulted from the time they were six and nine years old, with the abuse continuing for a decade.
“I was just nine when I lost my childhood,” said one victim. “I was living under constant fear whenever I was in bed or asleep. I lost my virginity at an age when girls my age still played with dolls.”
Before handing down their sentences, the judge said the court must take exception to the couple continually denying what had taken place despite overwhelming evidence.
New York organisations trusted him to care for nearly 140 foster children over the past two decades but on Friday, Cesar Gonzales-Mugaburu denied charges he molested several of them.
Gonzales-Mugaburu was arrested in January after a caseworker told Suffolk County police that two of his foster children, 11 and 13 years old, had complained that Gonzales-Mugaburu regularly made sexually inappropriate remarks to them, the district attorney’s office said. Gonzales-Mugaburu, 59, is accused of sexually abusing seven boys under his care, one as young as 8 years old, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office.
A grand jury indictment unsealed Friday morning charged Gonzales-Mugaburu with 17 counts over a variety of sexual criminal conduct charges related to incidents from 1996 to 2015.
The ages of the alleged victims ranged from 8 to 20, Spota said.
Most of the children under Gonzales-Mugaburu’s care were from New York and placed by the New York City Administration for Children’s Services, in association with St. Christopher Ottilie, a New York family services organisation, according to the district attorney’s office. “The boys told detectives they were not permitted access to phones, and as they got older, they were not permitted to have girlfriends or any visitors,” Spota said.
“They were only permitted two meals per day, which they were required to eat while sitting on the floor, and Mugaburu disciplined the children by forcing them to stand outside in the cold and rain,” Spota said.
CAPE CORAL, Fla — A Cape Coral couple has been arrested on charges of sexual and physical abuse against their 10 foster and adopted children. Daniel Wayne Spurgeon and Jenise Rae are both facing a total of 25 charges stemming from the abuse allegations. Jenise, 52, is charged with 10 counts of aggravated battery on a minor. Daniel, 47, faces 15 charges, including aggravated battery, lewd and lascivious behaviour and sexual assault by a custodian on a minor. Detectives responded to a disturbance call at a Cape Coral KFC where they found two 13 year-olds and a 16 year-old “extremely intoxicated.” An arrest report states one of the 13 year old’s told investigators she was given alcohol by her father, Daniel Spurgeon. Further investigation revealed Daniel had molested at least four of his adopted daughters, ranging in age from 13 to 16. A 19-year-old adopted daughter, whom no longer lives in the home, told investigators she had been molested by Spurgeon from the ages of 12-16. The arrest report details strikingly different realities between the couple’s adopted and foster children and their two biological children that lived in the home. The couple’s 5 foster and 5 adopted children lived off of rice, bread and beans while their biological children were fed a variety of meals throughout the day. The couple reportedly kept two refrigerators in their home, storing biological children’s food separately. The adopted and foster children also reported physical abuse. They told investigators the Spurgeon’s biological children were never hit or abused in the manner they were.
Stacey E. was placed in state custody when she was 3 years old after being sexually abused by a family member. Over the next four years, she stayed in five different foster homes, moving in one case because she was again sexually abused. Stacey is 12 now. She is part of a federal lawsuit brought by 15 foster children, charging that Louisiana officials violated their constitutional and legal rights to be free from harm while in state custody.
http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/foster-children-left-in-care-despite-serious-allegations-of-abuse-20130915-2tt1h.html SEPTEMBER 16 2013
A NSW father who fostered more than 300 children around Sydney confessed to raping a foster child in his care, documents obtained by theHerald show. The man and his wife fostered children for 30 years and had been awarded medals in the Order of Australia for their work. They had also been profiled in an article in The Australian Women’s Weekly celebrating foster carers.
The confession in August last year came two years after the Department of Family and Community Services conducted an investigation into claims that the man was sexually inappropriate with foster children. Children were left in his care after the investigation even though the department found some of the behaviour did occur.
The man was remanded in jail in August last year on charges including nine counts of aggravated sexual assault of the teenager, who had a number of disabilities.
In 2010 the family was also investigated over allegations by another teenager who had left a placement with them. Her allegations included that he had “French kissed” a teenager in his care, appeared naked in front of children with only a small towel covering his genitals, and talked to children about his sex life.
The Herald has learnt this is just one of many cases where NSW children have been left in the care of foster parents facing serious allegations. A backlog has been building within the department’s reportable conduct unit, which manages complaints about foster carers, with hundreds of allegations awaiting investigation.
YUCAIPA >> A longtime foster father, Stephen Darrell Taylor, 68, was arrested on suspicion of oral copulation of a minor, sexual intercourse with force and sexual assault of a child, according to San Bernardino County Sheriff’s booking records.
Taylor and his wife served as a foster family for the Arrowhead Foster Family Agency, Inc., between the years of 2002 and 2008. During that time, investigators believe Taylor sexually abused two of the girls, ages 5 and 11, placed in their care. It’s unclear if his wife was aware of the alleged abuse.
Taylor allegedly sexually abused the children for several years. The girls were eventually adopted by the Taylors.
The reported sexual abuse continued until the children were removed by the San Bernardino County Children and Family Services in 2008 due to allegations of physical abuse. Authorities uncovered the alleged sexual abuse during the investigation of the physical abuse. Detectives from the Crimes Against Children Detail assumed the investigation and determined approximately 27 foster children were placed with the Taylor family from 2002 to 2008.
Editor’s note: The names of child sex-abuse victims, their relatives, the state-licensed foster parents and the actual perpetrators have been changed to protect the victims, who still reside in Arizona and are still minors. All others in this story have been accurately identified.
The Jacksons visited the children every day at the Jones foster home as part of the pre-adoption, getting-to-know-you process. They became troubled because Lucy Jones, the foster mother, was frequently absent and the children were left in the care of the foster mother’s natural son, 16-year-old Hubert Jones.
The Jacksons felt uncomfortable when Hubert often excused himself during their visits, whisking little Brittany into the bathroom “to do her hair” for a half-hour at a time. And they didn’t like the girls’ “room,” a section of the Jones carport that had been partitioned off with plywood, a roach-infested space furnished only with dirty bunk beds.
It was only after Stephanie (6) and Brittany (4) had moved into the Jacksons’ home that they told their adoptive parents that Hubert often “played husband” on them while “Mama Lucy,” their foster mother, was off doing errands.
The Jacksons immediately told CPS that they believed the girls had been sexually abused while in the state-licensed Jones foster home.
Hubert confessed to Mesa police on January 7, 1991. He admitted making the younger girl, Brittany, engage in oral sex in the bathroom, admitted sexually abusing the naked preschooler while watching The Price Is Right in the living room in the presence of Stephanie, admitted thrusting his finger into the 4-year-old’s vagina. Hubert couldn’t explain to police why he did it. He promised police he would get counselling and not stay at his mother’s house as long as there were foster kids there. Their license was not removed.
Despite his confession, Hubert was never prosecuted. Mesa police say they cannot locate the police report. However, a transcript of Hubert’s taped police confession still exists–it was filed with CPS.
Friday, March 18, 2016
RIDGE, Long Island (WABC) —
A foster parent on Long Island is charged with sexually abusing some of the many boys who lived with him.
Cesar Gonzalez-Mugaburu is accused of victimising children as young as 8 years old.
“So sick, terrible,” a neighbour said.
Those who live closest to the house in the small community of Ridge heard the news about their neighbour Cesar Gonzales-Mugaburu and all they could do is cringe.
The 59-year-old, who took in as many as 140 foster boys over the past 20 plus years, was indicted Friday for sexually abusing them.
The boys had emotional disabilities and Mugaburu made $18,000 per month for taking in 6-8 boys at a time.
This indictment is for seven different boys between ages 8 and 20.
“We would believe as I think most people would, that there are probably more victims out there,” said Gerard Giganti, Suffolk County Chief of Detectives.
16 of the 17 counts in the indictment are regarding the foster boys, but the last count alleges Mugaburu also had sex with his dog.
Two homosexual men who sexually abused young children placed in their foster care were jailed yesterday.
Ian Wathey, 41, and his partner Craig Faunch, 32, were found guilty of a string of offences against four boys aged between eight and 14.
The pair used the boys for sexual gratification within months of being approved as foster carers by Wakefield council.
A mother of eight-year-old twins raised concerns about them with social services after finding a photograph of one of the boys as he used the lavatory.
The authorities chose to take no action after accepting the two men had been “naive and silly” for taking the photograph to embarrass others into closing the bathroom door.
They started abusing their charges three months later, in February 2004, and the offences continued over an 11-month period, Leeds Crown Court was told.
Faunch abused four boys and Wathey targeted one victim.
OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) — An Omaha foster parent and retired captain with the Omaha Fire Department is in jail, accused of sexually assaulting three foster children. Lee Dunbar, Sr., has been in the Douglas County Jail since mid-December. The 66-year-old is behind bars because of the charges leveled against him by foster children.
According to police reports obtained by WOWT 6 News – three girls between the ages of 9-and-11 told investigators at Project Harmony that Dunbar, their foster parent, had sexually assaulted them.
In two of the cases, on different occasions, the girls said they had fallen asleep in his bed and when they woke up he was sexually assaulting them. A 10-year-old told detectives Dunbar encourages children “to watch movies on his bed with him and sleep there” if they get tired.
WOWT 6 News checked Lee Dunbar’s background to see if the state missed something when it decided he should be a foster parent. Before these sexual assault charges, the last time he was arrested was in 2001. A woman thought she cut him off and said he pulled up beside her near the Fire Union Hall and smashed her mirror and then struck her with a mini-baseball bat. She needed stitches.
GREENWOOD, S.C. (WSPA) — A federal lawsuit alleges that a special needs teenager in foster care was sexually assaulted by a driver who worked for the South Carolina Youth Advocacy Program.
The teen’s attorney, Heather Hite Stone, said the boy was being transported from a visit to Greenwood to a foster home in Columbia when the driver took the teen home and sexually assaulted him in March 2016. The victim was 17 years old at the time.
The boy reported the sex assault to his foster mother and was so distraught he considered suicide, according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit asserts the driver claimed the sex act was consensual, but attorneys say the special needs teen cannot and did not consent to sexual activity.
The S.C. Youth Advocacy Program, two of its employees and a caseworker with the S.C. Department of Social Services are named as defendants in the lawsuit.
A GIRL who was allegedly repeatedly raped at a Sydney foster care facility by two Youth Workers carved ‘I hate feelings’ into her leg before she died, an inquest has heard.
The 15-year-old, known as ‘Girl X’, was found dead of a drug overdose two weeks before one of the alleged offenders started trial.
The girl was placed into several homes, with the court hearing she had lived with friends, family and foster carers for much of her life.
While there were moments of brightness throughout her 15 years, many of those supposed to protect the girl had exploited and abused her, Ms Ward said.
“(She had been) tragically used and abused by many of the people she should have been able to rely on for comfort and care,” Ms Ward said.
“She never really found any significant stability.” Instead, the girl had been dragged into criminal activity, probably prostituted and had been injecting hard drugs during her mid teens.
In April 2014 she cut “I hate feelings” into her leg, the court heard.
“By 2014, and probably earlier, she operated in survivor mode with high levels of distrust and frequent disengagement from support services,” Ms Ward said.
MILWAUKEE — An 11-year-old girl placed in foster care for her safety wound up sexually assaulted and pregnant.
Her mother states, “They took my children away from me, saying I couldn’t protect them. Then, she’s placed in a home where something horrific like that was able to happen,” the mom said. “I didn’t know what to think. I didn’t know which way to turn. I felt like my world was just coming down.”
State records show the state removed the 11-year-old from her home on Milwaukee’s north side after allegations her mom abused her.
They moved her to live with a foster parent trained to supervise kids with special behavioural needs. It was there prosecutors said the girl was sexually assaulted by that foster mom’s 16-year-old grandson. WISN 12 News has learned he has special needs as well.
“We took a child from a home where she was being physically abused, and put her in a home where she’s now being sexually abused,” state Rep. LaTonya Johnson said. DCF left the girl with the foster mom. Four months later, the 11-year-old was pregnant.
Only after the sexual assault, the state returned the now pregnant 11-year-old to her mom’s custody.
Norwegian foster family sexually abuses 6-year-old, mother seeks help (2:48)
Stine Gulbrandsen, a Norwegian mother of two girls, poured her heart out in a video explaining what happened to her and her children. Speaking in Turkish journalist Fuat Uğur’s program in broadcaster ATV, Gulbrandsen explained that after her boyfriend decided to end their relationship, he kicked her and the older child out. She contacted the police and Barnevernet, the child welfare service in Norway, took her younger daughter, only six-months-old. The police refused to intervene and Barnevernet warned her if she doesn’t resolve the issue with her boyfriend they would take her other children away. Instead of helping the young mother, the policemen sent by Barnevernet took the other children away and placed them under the care of a “bizarre family,” Stine explained in the footage. “Later I found out that something happened to my six-year-old daughter. They found her with an older boy or man in the same bed, both naked,” said the mother. “I got worried and contacted the police.”
The police failed to react again, so she went to Barnevernet, where the authorities mocked her and even claimed that it was probably the six-year-old girl’s fault to be sexually assaulted.
“For the first time in my life I got angry. I was afraid for my children,” said Stine and continued to tell that she assaulted the social worker upon her mocking remarks.
Stine was sentenced to 10 months in prison and a fine of 400,000 Norwegian krone (around $47,000). Upon her release she continued her studies and has been fighting to get her children back.
“The government doesn’t want to give my children back. This cruelty against children and their parents in Norway has to stop”, she cried out.
Children in the foster care of John Michael Mcquigan
Adopted son and 3 foster children removed from the home after allegations of molestation of other children.
John Michael McGuigan was also the foster home of Gabriel Myers until 3 weeks before Gabriel’s suicide
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Foster father
Organisations: ChildNet Broward County, Kids In Distress
Children placed with Todd and Lisa Mortensen
12-year-old girl placed with Todd and Lisa Mortensen was sexually abused by her “foster father”. The placement was a private arrangement with the adoptive family of the girl.
In 2004, Todd Mortensen was charged with 65 counts of criminal sexual penetration and 20 counts of criminal sexual contact against another girl placed with his family. All 85 counts were dismissed by the prosecutor in 2005 because the girl was deemed mentally unstable to testify.
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Foster father
Home schooling: yes
Farmington, New Mexico
The Foster Home From Hell: “Love Serve Surrender” A VICE News exclusive investigation: Hippie guru Jay Ram was hailed as a public hero for fostering, adopting, and caring for dozens of boys that had nowhere else to go. But years later, a new picture has emerged. Several of his sons have come forward to say that he preyed on them sexually and forced them to recruit other boys to molest. VICE News has uncovered new evidence that shows that charities and child welfare agencies missed several clear warning signs, and continued to place new children in Ram’s care. Until now, he has never faced justice.
April 2, 2016 – The spanish speaking children — who are now ages 7, 8 and 9 — were placed in the Gresham foster home in 2013 and lived there for eight months, said Portland attorney David Paul, who is representing the children. (The children’s biological mother had temporarily lost custody because of allegations that she’d failed to protect her children from another person, but she has visitation rights.) The spanish children were rarely spoken to and they didn’t understand the conversations carried on in English around them, he said. By far, the language barrier isn’t the most serious of the allegations in the lawsuit. The children’s biological mother noticed “dramatic differences in her children” after they started living in the Gresham foster home and she immediately began reporting her concerns to DHS caseworkers about physical and sexual abuse as she learned about them from her children over a period of months. One of the children told their biological mother that a grandmother in the foster home would pull their ears, hit them and yell at them. The biological mother also noticed that her children had started playing with dolls by placing them in sexual positions and making them kiss, Paul said. One of her children ultimately confided that the foster dad and another foster child in the home made him do “icky things” that included performing sexual acts. The lawsuit states that the children also were offered such minimal care that they weren’t regularly bathed and had nothing to wear but “dirty clothing smelling foul of urine and unclean in the extreme.” Paul said DHS only removed the children from the home after months of complaints from the children’s biological mother, as well as complaints from school officials about the children’s hygiene and academic struggles in the classroom. An investigation ultimately found that the children’s claims of physical and sexual abuse in the foster home were founded, Paul said. He doesn’t know if the foster parents or grandmother were charged with any crimes — or if the foster parents are still allowed to care for foster children. Six or seven children were living in the home at the time of the abuse and neglect in this case.
Q: What’s the Kimberley Vollmer case about? A: After two weeks of trial, a Multnomah County Circuit Court jury on Friday found that Vollmer had sexually and physically abused two girls in her care. The children were ages 2 and 4 when they were removed from Vollmer’s home in January 2013.
Trial testimony indicated that Vollmer, who was 31 when she was approved as a foster parent in 2011, forced the girls to take cold baths and held their heads under water until they vomited; she laid multiple foster children in a row on the floor and sexually abused them one by one with her fingers or crayons; and she stepped on or threw her foster children around.
The jury decided that Oregon must pay the girls $4.1 million — the largest amount ever levied in a child-welfare case in state history.
Q: Why did the jury find DHS negligent? A: Attorneys for the girls argued that Vollmer — who had an IQ of about 70 and had been hospitalised on a psychiatric hold for cutting her arms and her face in the past — should never have been allowed to be a foster mom. DHS also failed to act to remove the girls even after seven calls to its child abuse hotline — including one from a medical clinic employee who reported seeing Vollmer slap one of her foster children so hard that the child fell to the ground, the girls’ lawyers said. No one — according to the girls’ lawyers — was disciplined or fired at DHS for their handling of the Vollmer case.
In addition to her checkered history, Kimberley Janelle Vollmer was in charge of eight foster children even though she was only supposed to take care of three children at a time.
SALEM — Child welfare workers discounted or ignored reports of abuse in a Washington County foster home for more than a decade and continued sending children there — right up until January, when the foster father was arrested for sexually molesting a girl in his care.
Complaints against foster parents Warren and Melody Tripp, certified by the state in 1995 to care for children who have been taken away from their parents because of abuse or neglect: Warren Tripp, 59, pled guilty in July to sodomy and first-degree sexual abuse of a 15-year-old girl who first came to the home as a foster child in 1995. Court records indicate the abuse began in 2006.
But the subsequent investigation suggests troubles started in the home long before. State officials say they found a “pattern of inappropriate physical discipline and intimidation” dating back to 1993.
Child welfare officials received 16 reports of suspected child abuse or neglect over the years; records show seven were “closed at screening” and never investigated.
The allegations include: sexual abuse; a 4-year-old hit in the head with a telephone book; 5- and 6-year-olds left in a high chair in the garage as punishment; a 6-year-old thrown against a wall; a 10-year-old who was choked; food withheld as a form of punishment; children beaten by sticks, called names and forced to wear dog collars.
Caseworkers had either ruled the reports “unfounded” or not worth investigating. In the meantime, the Tripps continued to be certified as foster parents. Warren and Melody Tripp often received positive reports from state certifiers with no mention of the numerous abuse allegations.
On Wednesday, a new lawsuit was filed against Human Services on behalf of a 19-year-old woman who says state child welfare officials placed her in the home of her grandfather, a convicted rapist. He went on to molest the girl from age 5 to 9, according to the suit.
State officials would not comment on that lawsuit.
The guardian of a 4-year-old girl allegedly raped by two boys living in the same foster home has filed a $3.5 million lawsuit against the boys, the foster parents and state child welfare workers.
The lawsuit claims that Grace and Jacob Cummings, who operated the foster home, and state Department of Human Services employees Cori McGovern, Sabra Darcy and Karli Solari failed to protect the girl.
The DHS workers should have known that the boys posed a threat to the girl and that the Cummings would have difficulties supervising them, the suit said.
The alleged rapes and sexual abuse occurred in June and July 2013, a few months after the girl was placed at the Cummings’ home in Yoncalla, about 20 miles south of Cottage Grove, the lawsuit said.
Alice A. Walker, a court-appointed guardian for the girl, identified only as E.H., seeks damages for sexual battery, negligence and abuse of a vulnerable person — $100,000 for the girl’s future counselling and psychological treatment and $3.4 million in noneconomic damages. According to the lawsuit, the boys, 12 and 15, took the girl to a barn on the Cummings’ property where they sexually assaulted her on three occasions.
The boys admitted to police that they engaged in sexual activity with the girl, the suit said. One of the boys made a video of himself sexually assaulting the girl, it said.
The Cummings waited a day before reporting the incident to police, the suit said.
The lawsuit claims child welfare workers should have known they were placing E.H. in danger because of two boys’ backgrounds and the inability of the Cummings to provide adequate supervision.
“There were a total of two adults and seven children, two of whom had special needs and exerted unreasonably high demands on the Cummings’ attention and capacity,” the lawsuit said.
DHS “failed to remove E.H. from the Cummings home despite information that she was being subject to neglect and was at high risk for abuse,” according to the suit.
The older boy was charged with first-degree sexual abuse and first-degree sodomy, the lawsuit said.
A 15-year-old girl whose 32-year-old Troutdale foster dad repeatedly had sex with her has filed a $950,000 lawsuit against him and the Oregon Department of Human Services.
The lawsuit faults DHS for placing her in the home of Jerrett Hetrick, who pleaded guilty to third-degree rape and in October was sentenced to 2½ years in prison.
Within weeks of leaving Hetrick’s foster home, the girl told authorities that he had sex with her four times on the couch and in his wife’s bed during a three-day period in February 2014.
“They elected to stick her in a home with a 32-year-old male — they just do ‘Check the box,’” Kehoe said of DHS.
Some Massachusetts foster parents say they don’t have a voice in the system and are fighting for their own bill of rights.
“We’re tired of feeling like they’re taking advantage of us…like we’re a babysitter,” said Quira Deng, a former foster parent.
The foster parents said common sense information they should know before a child is placed in their home, like health problems or safety concerns, is not being shared.
One of the key issues in the bill is better communication, requiring the Department of Children and Families to provide information on a child’s behaviour, family background, health, and how many times the child’s been moved before placement.
McKenna, co-sponsor of the bill, said not disclosing that information can have serious consequences.
Earlier this month, 25 Investigates reported on a Lowell area foster parent who said a foster child placed in her home sexually assaulted her then 4-year-old daughter. The mother is suing DCF, claiming the case worker knowingly placed a sexual offender in her home without disclosing the risks. The case is pending.
Boston 25 News asked DCF about the foster parents’ bill of rights, a spokesperson told us, in part, “We are actively recruiting foster homes and adoptive families across the state and strive to build a large, diverse community of foster parents statewide.”
James ended his life aged just 30 after being unable to live with searing memories of the abuse he suffered from two suspected sex perverts while in state care. James killed himself in Highpoint prison in Suffolk where he was serving time for affray (disturbance).
James’s father disappeared when he was a baby and he was moved 42 times between 16 different institutions and carers between the ages of two and 13.
He absconded 24 times in four months in 1983, back to his mother’s house in Liverpool as well as to Birmingham and London.
His mum Kathy Johnson claims council officials have blood on their hands and insisted: “They are responsible for his death.”
Kathy, 73, found out about her son’s nightmare experience in Lambeth, south London, after documents about his case were uncovered by a survivors’ rights group.
In 1982 James was fostered at the age of 11 by a teacher named John Michell who, four years earlier, had been sacked for gross misconduct for sexually assaulting three boys.
He was then sent to live with a suspected pedophile who cannot be named for legal reasons.
Official documents obtained by the Shirley Oaks Survivors Association showed Lambeth council officials were aware the men were abusers.
They even paid Michell thousands to teach James at his home in Cornwall despite concerns having been raised by police, probation and the NSPCC. And as recently as this year the council was denying it had ever employed Michell.
Mum Kathy said: “They are lying through their teeth.”
The survivors’ association has found minutes of a 1999 Lambeth council strategy meeting held to discuss James’s case. It said: “There is a strong possibility abuse took place. Much of James’ behaviour is indicative of a sexually abused child.”
Judge criticises social services after boy lived with pedophile uncle for two years
An unnamed boy was cared for by his great-great uncle, judged to be a “high deviance individual” with “distorted thinking” about children and sex
The court in Leicester heard the unnamed boy had a “complex” family background where his mentally ill mother was separated from his alcoholic father and now in another relationship.
The father had a decade old conviction for having unlawful sex with a 16-year-old girl when 21. The great-great-uncle, aged in his 70s, had been given an eight-year jail term in the early 1990s after being convicted of sexually abusing a girl aged between 11 and 13.
Foster child placed in a foster home with a sex offender.
“If a common citizen can go put their address in the database to find out how many sex offenders live around him or her, why can’t DCS do the same thing when placing a child in foster care?”
PHOENIX, Ariz. – The Department of Child Safety is coming under fire after a notice of claim says it placed a foster child in a home with a convicted, registered sex offender.
The 15-page claim names Attorney General Mark Brnovich, DCS Director Gregory McKay, along with three other DCS employees.
“This isn’t just about one child. It’s trying to raise a flag and shine a light on all the other children that no one else is paying attention to, including DCS,” said Attorney Robert Pastor.
According to the document, in November of 2015, DCS placed a 6-year-old girl in a foster home in Surprise.
“Someone didn’t do their job, whether it’s a single individual person or it’s a systemic problem within DCS, I don’t know,” Pastor said.
In April of 2016, the girl, her foster parents, and Egurolla then moved to a home on West Sherman Street in Avondale. Egurolla updated his address with both the MVD and DPS.
“He did what he was supposed to do and DCS didn’t,” said Pastor.
One month later, Egurolla molested the foster child in the middle of the night.
“We’ve learned the nature of the abuse is horrific,” Pastor said.
“I suspect that it’s indicative of a wider, bigger problem of children being placed in homes that aren’t properly investigated and that aren’t safe,” Pastor said.
Police and prosecutors arrested four alleged pimps Monday morning as part of an ongoing investigation into a ring of human traffickers who preyed on abused and neglected children in foster care.
Charged Monday were Eric George Earle, 29, called “E-Nasty,” Willie Calvin Bivens, 65, called “Tank,” Anturrell Nathaniel Dean, 30, and David Zarifi, 34. A fifth person — a 17-year-old foster child who is identified only by the initials S.S. — is listed in a 13-page sworn statement as a “recruiter” for the ring, though she is not charged with any crimes. As of late Monday, the four men remained in jail: Zarifi on $53,000 bail, Earle on $60,000 bail, Bivens on $35,505 bail, and Dean on $45,000.
The human trafficking investigation also involves a now-suspended child abuse investigator for the agency that oversees child welfare efforts in Florida.
Jean LaCroix, a child protective investigator employed by the Department of Children & Families, was placed on paid administrative leave while police and prosecutors investigate allegations he repeatedly had sex with a teenaged foster child whose safety he was assigned to protect.
Sources have told The Miami Herald that Jean LaCroix placed the girl at a group home for dependent children — and turn returned to the home repeatedly to pick the girl up for sexual favors. The girl, sources say, also was working for members of the ring who were arrested Monday.
Jean LaCroix had also spearheaded a failed 2006 “child abuse investigation” — prompted by a call from worried teachers and administrators — into the welfare of Nubia Barahona, a twin who was adopted from foster care and was killed in 2011, police say by her own adoptive parents, Carmen and Jorge Barahona. LaCroix was named in a lawsuit alleging DCF failed repeatedly to protect Nubia, and her brother, Victor, whom police say also endured years of torment.
LaCroix was and has not been charged with any crimes.
The investigation began in December 2011 when a foster child disclosed that she had been having consensual sex with a man.
The 17-year-old, we identify as M.D., allowed police to search her cellphone. It contained images of the girl both naked and having sex with Zarifi, a sworn statement says. M.D., police say, suffers from cognitive impairments.
M.D. told police that, soon after she went sent to live in a state-operated group home in September 2011, she was recruited by a housemate, S.S., who told her “she could make money by having sex with men,” a warrant states.
That approach persisted in much of Los Angeles County even as sheriff’s deputies and others discovered to their horror that many juveniles arrested for prostitution lived in or had run away from foster homes, where they were supposed to be safe under county oversight. In many cases, they were recruited or compelled into prostitution by gangs that had given up the drug trade as too dangerous and were instead preying on the emotional and physical vulnerability of foster children.
WASHINGTON — The FBI announced Monday the arrests of 159 people and recovery of 105 children involved in child prostitution rings across the country.
The 76-city sweep, conducted in the past three days, represents the largest such law enforcement action focused on children forced into sexual slavery, federal authorities said.
Assistant FBI Director Ron Hosko, head of the bureau’s criminal division, said the children ranged from 13 to 17 years old. The youngest of the victims was allegedly being offered up by her father, who also was allegedly involved in videotaping his daughter’s sexual encounters.
“We have victims whose new normal is sexual abuse,” Hosko said. “We are trying to take this crime out of the shadows and put a spotlight on it.”
Hosko said the children, generally recruited from foster care or group homes, were being offered up on Internet sites, at truck stops, casinos and street corners.
[PDF] Between September 2013 and November 2014, the City and Hackney Safeguarding Children Board conducted a Serious Case Review about the sexual abuse of a number of children by two men. One was an approved foster carer, the other a member of his family. The abuse of foster children is known to have taken place between 1999 and 2008.
A married couple were approved foster carers for Hackney Council between 1997 and 2011. The foster carers lived in another local authority area. During this time they fostered over thirty children, most of them for short periods, or for a series of respite care stays. Eight looked after children lived in the household for more than a year. 1.2. Between 1999 and 2008, five girls of primary school age, who were all in the care of Hackney Council, were sexually abused in the foster home. This came to light in late 2012 after one of the victims made allegations to the police. In 2013, the male foster carer was convicted of more than twenty sexual offences against five looked after children which include rape, sexual assaults and acts of indecency. He was also convicted of offences against another child who lived in the local community and admitted sexual offences committed against an unidentified young person, committed some thirty years previously. A second male member of the foster family was also convicted of sexual offences against one looked after child. 1.3. The male foster carer made videos and photographs of some of the assaults. When he was arrested he was found to possess a very large number of downloaded child abuse images. According to another family member, many other images, including photographs that he had taken, had been destroyed or had disappeared. The police have found no evidence that the male foster carer had contact with other pedophiles or that he distributed the images of abuse that he created. However, he was adept at the use of information technology and had the means to do this. 1.4. After the disclosure of abuse, two family members stated that the female foster carer knew that children were at risk of sexual abuse. She is now known to have been involved in sexual activity (not involving children) with other adults which took place in the family home. While not in itself illegal, had it been discovered this activity would have led to her deregistration as a foster carer. Both foster carers therefore had a strong motivation to keep what was happening in the household secret. 1.5. No evidence has been found that any professional person was aware of the sexual abuse at the time when it was taking place. The young people did not confide in anyone for many years. When they did, some spoke to people in their private lives whom they had known and trusted, rather than to professionals. One victim mentioned her experience to a counsellor some years after she had left the foster home. Other victims did not speak to anyone until they were approached by the police during the course of their recent investigation.
There was an early opportunity to prevent the abuse of some of the children. In 1999 the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) received an anonymous allegation that the male foster carer had shown what was reported as “child pornography” on his computer to children in the neighbourhood. The caller stated explicitly that the alleged perpetrator was a foster parent. According to the accounts now given by victims, this incident pre-dated by some months the first episode of sexual abuse in the foster home. 1.7. The MPS failed to investigate this allegation but kept the information as intelligence for possible future use. The MPS provided no information about the allegation to the local authority in the area where the foster carer lived so no enquiries could be made by children’s social care staff. Hackney’s social care service (which was responsible for the foster carers and all of the looked after children in the household) was also not informed.
“Rebecca” was sexually abused in her birth home in Bulgaria. She spent 2 years recovering in the orphanage, only to be placed at age 7 in a US adoptive family where her father sexually abused her for 3 year before discovery.
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father
Location: United States
A former foster father was sentenced to life in prison without eligibility for parole for 35 years in a child-sex case involving five boys once under his care.
Roger H. Ball, 65, of Akron, was convicted of one count of rape, one count of sexual battery and five counts of gross sexual imposition in a Summit County jury trial in May.
Allegations surfaced in June 2010, when one child reported being fondled.
All of his victims were under the age of 13.
The rape victim was 11 years old, Summit Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh said.
Former caregiver for foster families, Timonty Cheatwood arrested on child porn complaints
He was employed by a national group contracted by DHS.
Timothy Cheatwood was a respite foster parent – like a babysitter for foster kids – and one Broken Arrow foster mom said Cheatwood babysat her two foster children, who have special needs, and now she’s concerned.
Cheatwood went through the same extensive background check she did. It’s done by the FBI and requires references from a pastor, boss, friends and neighbours, it also requires 48 hours of training, including sexual abuse training. The woman said, “We were floored. Sickening, and, I guess it just…the longer I thought about it, it makes sense that somebody wanting to do evil will go to great lengths.”
The couple, Aubrey Thomas, 58, and his wife Laura, 47, who lived in Rogers County, became foster parents in 2001 and took in six children.
In 2003, the Oklahoma Department of Human Services removed two of the children from their home after finding evidence of abuse, Osage County Undersheriff Lou Ann Brown told Tulsa World.
But the couple were able to keep the other four children and moved to Osage County west of Sperry in 2006.
The couple have been arrested for violently beating their four adopted children and forcing them to perform sex acts in a disturbing catalogue of abuse which police say amounts to torture.
Aubrey Thomas and his wife Laura have been accused of forcing the children to throw up and eat their own vomit, beating them with a large paddle called ‘Mr Awesome’ and than making them soak in a bath of ice to reduce swelling from the abuse.
Investigators described the family’s Oklahoma home, where the two girls and two boys now aged between 13 and 15 lived, as a ‘house of horrors’.
The children said they were sexually abused, claiming they were forced to eat gum off Aubrey Thomas’ penis and made to perform oral sex on their adoptive siblings in exchange for food.
The Thomas’ also allegedly forced them to put urine soaked underwear in their mouths if they wet the bed and forced them to eat horse manure for not cleaning a horse pen, reports News9.com.
The couple is facing a series of child abuse charges.
While Richard Scott Burton and his wife Cheryle avoided a criminal trial by striking a deal with prosecutors last month, they now face a civil trial in a lawsuit brought by the children they’re accused of abusing.
Initially Richard Burton, the former police chief in Mt. Airy, was looking at two counts of aggravated child molestation. His wife and he together faced 28 counts of first-degree cruelty to children.
The deal from the Habersham District Attorney’s office reduced all those charges down to a single count each of second degree cruelty to children. The Burton’s guilty pleas resulted in 50 days in jail(served weekends only), probation and a fine.
My gay adoptive father’s sexual abuse was swept under the carpet, says victim
A former Army cadet who was sexually abused from the age of nine by his adoptive father and his gay partner has claimed social workers would not have ignored his cries for help had his abusers been heterosexual.
Social services insisted on returning Andy Cannon to live with the couple, even though staff at Wakefield council had received up to six allegations of physical and sexual abuse over a number of years.
Mr Cannon, now 23, said he believed social workers would have removed him from his abusers had they not been gay.
“It seems the council didn’t want to be seen as victimising gay people – they’d rather look ‘politically correct’ and let them get away with it to avoid any repercussions.”
social services records of his history were “fragmentary” and even censored to keep certain details secret. During his ordeal Mr Cannon was repeatedly plied with Ecstasy and cannabis before being molested by David Cannon and John Scarfe.
His complaints to care workers were ignored and at one stage he was wrongly diagnosed as having mental disorders.
The adoptive parent was allowed to adopt Andy in December 1997, when the youngster was aged eight. This came despite the fact he had earlier been convicted and put on probation for 12 months for assaulting the boy’s mother, Elaine Moss, possessing cannabis and handling a stolen computer.
Miss Moss had also claimed the adoptive parent had been abusing her son.
A social worker failed to bring the allegations to the attention of the family court and instead called the adoptive father a “very caring parent who considered children’s needs”.
Peter Truong Jailed for 30 years in US after trafficking adopted son to Boy Lovers Network
Updated 10 Dec 2013, 6:16am
A [gay] Queensland man who trafficked his adopted son to an international pedophile network has been sentenced to 30 years in jail by a US court.
Peter Truong and his gay partner Mark Newton bought the child, who the ABC is calling Boy 1, for around $8,000 from Russia in 2005.
His birth papers were falsified to list Newton as his biological father, paving the way for Boy 1 to be adopted and brought to Queensland.
Police say the pair allowed at least eight men in several different countries, including Australia, the US, Germany and France, to molest the boy when he was between two and six years old.
Truong entered guilty pleas to one count of conspiracy to sexually exploit a child and conspiracy to possess child pornography.
The Boy with the Henna Tattoo
When Adam [Boy 1] was almost 2-years-old, the gay couple began sexually abusing and sodomising him. They continued this for years, grooming him for sex with other men. They eventually allowed other men from their “boylover” network to sodomise their son. They would travel the world to meet these men, “sharing” Adam with them, sometimes in exchange for sex with boys in those men’s care, but often simply to allow the men the chance to have sex with Adam.
The pair recorded Adam constantly. Most of their family videos were of everyday activities. However, they also recorded their sexual abuse of their son, along with the other men’s abuse of the boy. They shared these videos and pictures among their network of pedophiles, and became popular in their deranged circle.
The boy with the henna tattoo [45:39]
Published on Feb 13, 2016
This is a documentary about two Australian men that traveled with their adopted son for him to be abused by men all over the world. This film will bring you out of your comfort zone, but knowing about the things that happen to children is important – so that its possible to do something about it.
A 74-year-old former foster parent and Episcopal priest convicted of sexually assaulting three boys was sentenced to 210 years in prison Monday.
Donald Shissler was found guilty of 15 counts, including assault on a child and sexual exploitation of a child.
Frank Lombard LGBT activist jailed for Horrific Child Sex Abuse
Frank Lombard is a prominent LGBT activist at Duke University, North Carolina, where he held a teaching post. He was on the university “Gay” rights committee and made himself very visible at “Gay Pride ” events.
In December 2009 he was convicted of some of the most horrible pedophile crimes the police have ever dealt with. He and his gay partner adopted two little boys and used them for sexual abuse. Lombard drugged them, raped than and then pimped them out to other gays on the internet. The elder was only five years old.
A Gilbert woman accused of abusing her adopted son has pleaded guilty to two counts of child abuse.
Maricopa County prosecutors say 40-year-old Jennifer Louise Barnes entered into a plea agreement Tuesday.
Barnes was arrested in September 2011 on suspicion of child abuse and sexual contact with a minor.
According to court documents, the then 10-year-old boy told investigators that Barnes allegedly forced dog feces into his mouth and then taped it shut using duct tape.
The boy also claimed Barnes burned his genitals with a lighter and sodomised him with a toothbrush.
People in the community knew Joe Hunt as a veteran police officer, but to his adoptive son, he was a sexual predator.
With his voice shaking, Chad Hunt told a crowded Anoka County courtroom Friday, March 30, that his adoptive father sexually abused him five times a week for eight years while he was growing up in their Coon Rapids home more than two decades ago. His only escape, the now-40-year-old said, was when he got to stay with his grandmother for three months every summer.
“By my estimation, I was molested 1,480 times,” Chad Hunt said, adding that the memories haunt him daily.
“He is a criminal,” Chad Hunt told Anoka County District Judge Dyanna Street
An Idaho woman has been sentenced for having a sex with her adopted 14-year-old son.
Prosecutors say in November 2014, the boy told his therapist that he was having sex with his adoptive mother, Kimberly Durlin.
The therapist then informed police, who put the boy into protective custody and arrested Durlin.
Durlin has since pleaded guilty to two counts of felony lewd conduct with a child under 16.
On Nov. 18, 2014, Durlin was with her son at a therapy session in Hayden when the boy allegedly told his therapist that he and his mother were having sex. The therapist then notified her supervisor of the allegations and, according to court records, the supervisor said the boy should go home with Durlin while the office notified Idaho Health and Welfare.
However, shortly after leaving, the teen returned to the office and said he did not want to go home. The therapist later told a Rathdrum Police Department officer that the boy said he got into the car, and Durlin angrily said “You told them, didn’t you?”
Kimberley Durlin, 32, claims she was of the mindset to believe that having sex with her adopted son was “an acceptable way to earn his love.”
Durlin and her husband adopted the boy when he was 11.
Oregon’s child welfare agency has agreed to pay $1.3 million to settle a lawsuit brought on behalf of a girl who was allegedly sexually abused by her Gresham foster father in 2014.
State workers placed the girl, who was 4 at the time, with Gabriel David Wallis and his wife, even though Wallis self-identified as a sex addict during the state’s screening and caseworkers either knew or should have known that he looked at child pornography online, court documents say.
“This case was one of the most egregious I’ve ever seen for certifying a foster parent who has these glaring issues. These red flags were just so obvious and the (foster home) certifier did really nothing to independently investigate these issues,” said the girl’s lawyer, Josh Lamborn.
After the girl made detailed disclosures to child abuse investigators, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office charged Wallis with rape and six counts of first-degree sex abuse. Circuit Court Judge Jerry Hodson acquitted Wallis on all counts in June 2015. Wallis also is not required to pay any damages as part of the settlement.
The state’s agreement to pay more than $1 million into a trust for the girl is the latest in a series of large settlements over allegations state workers failed to prevent children in their care from experiencing sexual and physical abuse.
Mexican police have rescued more than 450 children they believe were abused at a children’s home in Zamora in the western state of Michoacan.
They were allegedly subject to sexual abuse and forced to beg on the streets.
The owner, Rosa del Carmen Verduzco, and eight employees at the House of the Big Family have been arrested.
The authorities began to investigate the home after parents complained that they were denied access to their children.
One woman, who grew up at the home herself, gave birth to two children who were registered in the name of Ms Verduzco.
When the mother left the home, aged 31, she was not allowed to take her children with her, investigators said.
Former foster child speaks out about alleged sexual abuse
Hawkins House brings back some dark memories for Zanth, since he says it’s the first place he was molested by his counsellor.
“It’s a group shelter for small children up to 13-years-old and I used to live here when I was eight-years-old,” said Zanth while standing near the doorstep.
“This is where I lived when I was first assaulted by him.”
Zanth turned to police for the first time last year, after what he calls several failed attempts to file complaints with Batshaw.
“I’ve gone through the complaints process and they refuse to take any complaints that I try to submit to them and there’s always an excuse, like you can’t file it by email,” deplored Zanth, who worries his alleged abuser may still be working at Batshaw. One police officer apparently told him the man in question had been suspended, and was no longer allowed to work with children. But Batshaw administrators refuse to discuss specific cases.
“If the client is not satisfied with our answer he can appeal to the public protector that’s the provincial ombudsman,” said Rosemay St-Fort, Batshaw’s Assistant Complaints Commissioner.
Montreal police conducted an investigation following Zanth’s complaint, but no criminal charges were ever laid due to a lack of evidence.
Most medical records and files at Batshaw are destroyed after five years, or when the child in their care turns 18 years of age.
A solicitor for one of the victims of abuse in a Co Galway foster home, has said his client is keen to ensure that a commission of investigation be established immediately.
RTÉ Investigates revealed the case in April 2016. Some of the women at the centre of the court case came forward to tell their abuse stories publicly for the first time in an RTÉ Investigates on Prime Time broadcast last night.
Foster parent’s son Keith Burke was recently sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in prison, with a year suspended, after he was found guilty of raping the then three foster children between 2003 and 2007.
There was concern about the leniency of the seven-and-a-half year sentence by the judge for the abuser and said it was up to the DPP to appeal this.
Speaking on RTÉ’s Drivetime, Ronan Hynes said the inquiry under way by the National Review Panel is not sufficient and that a root and branch review is needed.
The victims were left in a setting in which the authorities knew they were at severe risk of rape and abuse. One victim a 5-year-old girl was [simply] left in the foster home for more than a decade, being raped and sodomised in state care.
24 April 2018
One of the victims raped within a foster family setting was met with a wall of silence from State agencies for years, her solicitor has said.
McKale approached the phone cautiously. It had been a difficult few months during the autumn of 2017—her two grandsons had been taken by the Philadelphia Department of Human Services from the custody of their mother, McKale’s stepdaughter, who struggles with heroin addiction on the streets of Kensington.
Court dates, clashes with social workers, and enduring the relentless anxiety of being separated from her beloved grandchildren pushed her to the breaking point. It was about to get worse, as McKale found out when she picked up the receiver and heard words no parent or grandparent should ever have to hear: her grandson had been raped in foster care.
“I almost lost my mind,” McKale recalled. “It was a nightmare.”
The call catapulted McKale, 40, into a nearly yearlong struggle to rescue her grandchildren from dire straits. Month after month she battled the system put in place to safeguard her grandchildren, and other kids whose well-being is in its hands—a fight that included tangling with caseworkers who she said tried to keep the incident under wraps, an account confirmed by a former DHS employee who had contact with the case and who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The Secret of Castle Hill (52:38)
Published on Mar 3, 2013
Thames Television, 1991. Castle Hill was a private special school in Ludlow, Shropshire. Parents were requested, by the london borough of harrow, to place their special needs children into the private school Castel Hill. Headmaster Ralph Morris, who was sentenced to 9 years in prison for sexual & physical abuse of children.
The woman, who was placed with the foster family aged seven in the early Nineties after being abused by male relations, won the right to compensation from Tower Hamlets council in east London.
The judge making the ruling yesterday said the foster couple had not been trained by social services and had not been assessed as suitable foster parents. He also criticised police for failing to bring the woman’s abusers to justice sooner.
The woman’s foster father was a sex offender who attacked her repeatedly, the court heard. She was eventually taken from the family, but it was not until years later that the man was charged and jailed for offences including rape.
Not the end…