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Washington State Pays $470,000 To Settle Sexual Assault Lawsuit

Updated on: 11/11/2019

DSHS Withholds Sexual History From Foster Parents

The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) has paid a family an excess of $470,000 after the state placed a foster child who repeatedly sexually abused their daughter with the family in 2006. 

The family had regularly served as foster parents.  They say that the state’s social workers and officials withheld key facts about the boy's history, including that his mother was a prostitute and that the boy himself may have been subjected to severe sexual abuse.  DSHS had documentation suggesting the boy had been sexually abused and that he may have abused others.  The boy was twice suspended from his school in Onalaska in 2003 for sexual harassment of a student.

The 16 year old boy was the son of a prostitute and had been sexually abused as a small child.  Washington State social workers essentially placed a ticking time bomb in the family’s home. After his abuse of the 9 year old girl was discovered he was convicted of sexual assault.

The boy admitted during a polygraph test to molesting the girl on 30 different occasions beginning in the spring of 2006.

In April 2001 attorneys for the state of Washington agreed to pay the family a lum sum of $255,574. They also agreed that the state would pay $216,600 to the victim.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of this horrible crime in Washington State then you can seek financial compensation for the physical and emotional injuries that you have suffered.  Contact the sexual abuse attorneys at Davis Law Group at 206-727-7000 for a free confidential consultation.

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