West Virginia Foster father faces sexual abuse charges

A criminal complaint in the magistrate court charges a 28-year-old Logan County man with felony sexual abuse by a custodian or guardian on two victims.The man, who was serving as the foster father in the home of both victims, is charged with felony sexual abuse by a custodian or guardian (61-8D-5), 17 counts on one victim and two counts on the second victim, between May 15, 2012, and September 14, 2012.

Foster father faces July 22 trial in baby's death

Wilson L. "Josh" Tubbs III, 38, a Fort Bragg man accused of beating a 5-month-old baby girl to death in December while she was in his care has been scheduled for a July 22 trial in Mendocino County Superior Court.

Tubbs  the baby's foster father, faces a charge of child abuse resulting in death, which carries the same weight as murder, according to the Mendocino County District Attorney's Office.

Judge John Behnke ordered Tubbs to be bound over for trial after three hours of testimony from three witnesses, including the child abuse specialist who examined baby Emerald Herriet at Oakland Children's Hospital, who testified that the extent of injury to Emerald's head and brain indicated the baby had been abused over a period of time, with traumatic events appearing to have happened around Nov. 2 and Dec. 1, based on medical records.

Tubbs had on Dec. 2 brought the baby girl, who had months earlier been taken from her mother by county Child Welfare Services, to the Mendocino Coast District Hospital not breathing and blue, and with bruises on her face and head.

The 49 or more bruises found on the baby's head and face during her autopsy, along with two skull fractures, multiple hemorrhages in her retinas and severe subdural hematoma -- the accumulation of blood between the brain's surface and inside of the skull -- could have been several months old, according to testimony from Dr. Rachel Gilgoff, a pediatrician specializing in child abuse. Theinjuries appeared to have been caused by a combination of blunt force trauma and shaking, Gilgoff testified.


La Mesa man guilty of sexually abusing foster child

A jury convicted a La Mesa New Mexico man named Martin Lopez, 51, for sexually abusing a then-5-year-old foster daughter starting in 2004. Lopez was found guilty of three counts of first-degree criminal sexual penetration and one count of criminal sexual contact of a minor, a second-degree felony. Lopez was charged in 2008.

According to the indictment, Lopez threatened not to feed the girl and her brother if she did not perform the sexual acts.

Third Judicial District Chief Judge Douglas Driggers ordered a $100,000 bond, according to the news release, and Lopez was taken into custody.

the former head of a now closed agency that sought

HONOLULU — Louis A. Martinez, 37, the former head of a now closed agency that sought foster parents for children has been charged with sexually assaulting a teenage girl. Martinez, 37, pleaded not guilty to two counts of felony sexual assault, one felony count of attempted sexual assault, and two misdemeanor counts of sexual assault.  Deputy Prosecutor Chastity Imamura said in court that Martinez gave five shots of liquor to a 16-year-old girl in October 2011 and sexually assaulted her when she fell asleep.


L.A. County D.A. considers criminal charges against foster agency


Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey is considering whether criminal charges should be filed against officials at Teens Happy Homes, a foster care contractor with a long history of financial improprieties and substantiated instances of child abuse, according to spokeswoman Jane Robison. The contractor has received up to $3.6 million annually from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to recruit, supervise and pay foster parents to take in abused children. Between 2008 and 2011, 1,154 children lived in its homes. Separately, county auditors recently uncovered at least $100,000 in suspect payments: Nearly $30,000 went toward Robinson's personal expenses, including her car and credit card bills. An additional $70,000 covered the salaries of Robinson associates who did little or no work for the agency.

Meanwhile, 240 allegations of abuse or neglect were filed on behalf of youths at Teens homes over a recent three-year period, a Times analysis of child abuse hot line data found.


Foster father sentenced to three years in prison for scalding girl

Trevor M. Emptage, 29, a White City Oregon former foster parent pleaded guilty to second-degree felony assault and was sentenced to three years in prison for placing a 1-year-old girl under scalding bath water after she defecated in the tub.
 Two additional counts of first-degree assault and first-degree criminal mistreatment were dismissed in the plea agreement negotiated between Jackson County prosecutor Adam Peterson and Emptage's public defender, Michael Bertholf.

Second-degree assault is a Measure 11 crime which typically carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 70 months in the state penitentiary under Oregon's sentencing guidelines. But the state has an "opt out" clause that allowed Emptage's sentence to be reduced to 34 months because of his lack of criminal history, Peterson said.

Trafficking of Foster Youth


Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that Foster youth are particularly vulnerable to child trafficking, and few agencies have incorporated policies, protocols or case management techniques to prevent exploitation and appropriately meet the needs of trafficking victims.
Foster youth group homes have even been dubbed magnets for pimps. According to the Department of Justice, women and children make up as much as 80 percent of all trafficking victims, and thousands of child-trafficking victims exist in the United States.
States including Connecticut and Florida have shown alarming percentages of child-trafficking victims having been in the child welfare system.
In Connecticut last year, 98 percent of child-trafficking victims were involved in the child welfare system, with most reported abuse occurring while in foster care or group homes.

Similarly, the FBI estimates 70 percent of trafficking victims in Florida had been in the child welfare system.