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December 25, 2020

Teenage girls in Rehab at Hawthorne Cedar Knolls forced to be sex slaves

  Hawthorne Cedar Knolls, located in a small town near New York City, is known for it’s beautiful landscaping and peace and quiet. The quiet stability was a perfect setting to offer the emotionally troubled teenagers a place to go.  Hawthorne, which is located in the town of Mount Pleasant, had a hidden secret. Within the past few years, an unusually high rate of teenagers were labeled as missing from its property. Advocates for children, as well as police officials and  the Staff a the rehabilitation center,  said they knew that some of the missing residents were victims of sex […]
December 16, 2020

State of Washington sued for negligence in foster care system sex abuse case

The State of Washington settled a negligent lawsuit that was filed last year  in Benton County. The lawsuit alleged that  in 1995, the State of Washington negligently placed a 3.5 year old girl in the foster home of Abel and Diana Ortega. During that time, prior allegations of sexual abuse of a female foster child against Abel Ortega had already been reported.The lawsuit alleged that the State, failed to investigate and take action on several occasions and received several complaints of physical and sexual abuse over the course of 14 yers agist   Ortega. The lawsuit also claims  negligence against Abel […]
December 14, 2020

Pleasantville Cottage School named in lawsuit alleging reports of child sex abuse ignored

  David Burgos was just 13 when he claims he was abused back in the 1980’s in a foster care home. Back then, he was sent to group home for troubled kids, called Pleasantville Cottage School, which was located  in Westchester County. Burgos says that as soon a he arrived a the school, an assistant teacher made him stay after class to clean the blackboards. He said that is when the teacher began sexually  abusing him.   “He told me that he had the power of whether I go home to my mother or not,” Burgos said. The rates of chid […]
November 23, 2020

Edward Gonzales, foster parent in Belen, accused of sexually abusing teenage boy in his care

    Edward Gonzales, a  foster parent in Belen, has been accused of sexually abusing a boy over a 3 year period, starting  from 2017. The alleged victim, now age16, is accusing Gonzales, age 37, of raping him for over 3 years beginning when he was 13-years-old. The alleged victim lived with Gonzales in a Belen home on Highway 147 until this year. The boy  was moved from the home and adopted by a different family, at which point he felt comfortable to come forward with the allegations against Gonzales . The 16 year old victim  told police that there […]
August 19, 2020

Non Profit Health Organization that helps intellectually disabled children accused of sex abuse spanning decades

    A Philadelphia facilities that helps children with intellectual disabilities, operated by a nonprofit health organization, has been accused of allowing at least 40 children with intellectual disabilities to be sexually abused over a period of 25 years. The Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health facilities allegedly knew about the abuse and did not make any changes to remedy the issue. Devereux, which is headquartered near Philadelphia, treats children with intellectual disabilities, mental disorders and trauma. It has become the nation’s leading nonprofit health organization of its kind. Philadelphia City Council members have demanded that 62 local children be removed from […]
August 13, 2020

Alabama Department of Human Resources named in lawsuit where couple allegedly sexually abused foster care children

Jenise and Daniel Spurgeon, a foster care couple from Cape Coral, have been named in at least 3 lawsuits accusing them of sexual abuse, rape, torture and human trafficking of children that were under their foster care. The couple have been accused of sexually abusing at least 15 children. Each of the victims were female and are  seeking $25 Million in damages. The suits claim that the couple would torture, abuse, rape and human traffic the children. The victims were placed in the home under the foster care system and some were even adopted by the couple,  Daniel Spurgeon was  […]
August 10, 2020

Foster care father who sexually abused child gets prison term

  Brillingston Ulloa, 54, from  Minier, has been charged with a seven-year prison term for sexually abusing a child while she was in foster care in his home. The victim was a teenager when the abuse began and continued throughout most of her teen years.  Ulloa was charged with aggravated sexual abuse of a family member under the age of 18. An officer at the  Illinois Department of Family Services conducted  an investigation last year regarding another foster child in the home that the victim also shared with Ulloa and her mother, when the above mentioned victim, now an adult, […]
April 5, 2020

16 cases of child sex abuse by catholic priests spanning 70 years uncovered in Japan

       The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Japan recenty discovered cases of sexual abuse against minors spanning 70 years. Tokyo confernece discoverd in its internal probe of churches  that from the 1950s to the 2010s  16 cases of sex abuse. SInce last May, the Tokyo-based organization has been investigating all its convents and dioceses and encouraged people to come forward with reports of sexual abuse regardless of when it occurred. The investigation uncovered some elementary school students, girls and boys even as young as under age of 6, were among those who had been allegedly abused in a priest’s […]
March 16, 2020

$25 Million lawsuit filed against Alabama Department of Resources and Foster parents in sex abuse case

  This week four foster children sued their foster care system for $25 million in damages against their foster care parents as well as the Alabama Department of Human Resources. The suit claims that the the Department of Human Resources and the Lauderdale County failed to take action against the foster parents , Jenise and Daniel Spurgeon. Daniel Spurgeon pleaded guilty to two counts of child rape, one count of sexual torture and 11 counts of aggravated child abuse and is currently serving a 25 year prison sentence.  The Spurgeons were approved to be foster parents in 2004 by Alabama […]
March 16, 2020

For decades, some Foster Care Children were sent out of state and sexually abused by employees at the facilities.

    For years child welfare officials have sent thousands of foster care children to different states than their hometowns to facilities such as mental institutions, where they were beaten and sexually assaulted  by workers and other residents.    Children as young as 7 were sent to different states like California, Michigan, Ohio and Utah. One girl, originally from Chicago, was sent to Michigan, Arkansas, Ohio and Tennessee where she was sedated and then sexually assaulted by an employee. Unfortunately  her story is not uncommon as countless children were sent across the map to different facilities where negligence and abuse […]
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