Skip to comments.Foster father pleads guilty to child rape, victims sue state
Posted on 11/17/2004 9:27:17 AM PST by cgk
Foster father pleads guilty to child rape, victims sue state
TACOMA, Wash. -- A man who became a foster father two years ago has pleaded guilty to charges that he raped, photographed and exploited young boys in his charge.
Meanwhile, the families of seven children who were placed with Ronald Harold Young and his wife Wendy have filed claims totaling more than $24 million from Washington state.
Young, 41, of Home, a mobile home repair worker, was initially charged with 54 offenses but pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of first-degree child rape, four of sexual exploitation of a minor and one each of second-degree child rape and possession of child pornography.
Those crimes involve six boys ranging in age from 6 to 13 who were placed by the state at his house on the Key Peninsula west of Tacoma after he and his wife, who worked long hours at a grocery store, became foster parents in July 2002.
"I know that he's extremely sorry for what he's done," defense lawyer Gary Clower said after the hearing in Pierce County Superior Court. "I think he's disappointed in himself and is very sorry for what he's done to these kids."
Young, who had often been alone with the children, admitted he took the photos, including at least one of himself raping a child. The plea agreement reflects problems with evidence because of "a search warrant technicality," deputy prosecutor Rosie Martinelli said.
Tacoma police were alerted in January by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about someone using the e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org, but the resulting warrant to search Young's home was incomplete, Martinelli said.
"We would have had other ways to get where we had to be, but it would have been more difficult legally," she said.
Martinelli said she was still satisfied because after Young serves his sentence - 20 to 26 1/2 years under state guidelines - he could remain locked up indefinitely if he is found likely to commit more violent sex crimes.
Sentencing was set for Jan. 14.
Meanwhile, in claims filed since July, the families of seven children who were placed with Young accused the state Department of Social and Health Services, Child Protective Services, Division of Children and Family Services and Division of Licensing Resources of failing to protect the boys from him.
The claims seek damages of $3.5 million to $5 million for each child the agencies placed with Young, accusing officials of failing to properly license and monitor his home, check his background, conduct sufficient licensing reviews or adequately supervise the children.
DSHS spokeswoman Kathy Spears said she couldn't comment on the claims.
The state has 60 days from the date of filing to decide whether to grant the claims, negotiate settlements or reject them, in which case the victims' families may file lawsuits.
Chris Robinson, regional administrator for the Division of Children and Family Services, said Young's foster children had "quite a bit of contact, not only with our staff but with their (biological) parents and with school staff," and exhibited no behavior indicating they were being harmed.
Separate story: more children failed:
End his life. There's no point in keeping people like this alive.
Apply to forehead at terminal velocity
I meant to say extreme velocity
terminal velocity is not fast enough to make sure he's dead
"DSHS spokeswoman Kathy Spears said she couldn't comment on the claims..."
You know why?
A dime and a dollar says this freak has a prior record.
A whole bunch of people need to be locked up for this.
Only if they hang it around the head that was doing his thinking for him, I don't mean the one above his earlobes either.
Only because like most social workers you don't have the brains to recognize same idiot....I think that any social worker that puts children in a home where they suffer this type of abuse should suffer the same - a fitting punishment for their liberal "intelligence"
Another failure from giving queers young boys as foster children.
Knowledge I have firsthand, my neices and nephews were in "the system" and were NEVER checked up on in 18 months of being placed in a home north of Seattle. I will repeat that - NEVER checked up on in 18 MONTHS of being in a foster home. A phone call to said family was just about it. Take their word, all is fine, kids happy, yadda yadda. My blood boils when I hear stories like these. Just boils.
Ya know, my Dad was a large, tough old bastard and he had a "way" about him. We heard a story like this in Washinton about 20 years ago and this is how he said the monster ought to be punished. "You put him in a dry wood shack, nail his manhood to a large heavy wet Cedar Block, hand him a rusty butterknife, walk out of the shack and set it on fire" Whatever happens, problem solved.
Homosexual Agenda Ping. I hate to ping this to you all. It is really disgusting and vile. No parent in the world (hardly) would be worse than the pervert criminal "foster parent" Washington CPS (or whatever they call it there) sent these poor ruined boys to.
The pervert child rapist should be executed.
Let me know if anyone wants on/off this pinglist.
Note: And wifey didn't know? That's hard to believe.
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"admitted he took the photos, including at least one of himself raping a child"
HUH???????????? Some days....I just shake my head......
"Martinelli said she was still satisfied because after Young serves his sentence - 20 to 26 1/2 years under state guidelines - he could remain locked up indefinitely if he is found likely to commit more violent sex crimes."
WTF??? Do they give the guy a survey or what? Check "yes" or "no."
How can anyone be satisfied with the "possibility" that "IF" someone is found "Likely" to commit more crimes that they "could" remain locked up? Talk about true libspeak,,,here's a perfect example!
They perfectly know kids are threatened and kids know the authorities will do nothing, and thus kids will say nothing and especialy when they do not know a crime has been comited on them, or when they think they perpetrated the crime.
Frankly, I don't get it. These people make "mistakes" (a huge understatement), yet they still want super powers over kids and treat us like subhumans who don't understand or who should have no say or look into this. It's beyond ridiculous, it's simply terrorism.
Plenty of lawyers to protect: freaks, government agents protecting freaks and murderers... but none to protect the innocent....
Lawyers are our number one problem in America, they are a surrogate roge Law Enforcement agency of the pervs. because lawyers molest all by definition.
I'm still straining to see the word "homosexual" in this article.
If the boys are heterosexual, isn't this a hate crime based on sexual orientation?
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