DHS worker arrested on allegations of
falsifying Child Abuse reports
Oregon – A state employee has been arrested on allegations of falsifying child abuse reports, deputies said Thursday.
Miguel A. Fuentes III, who works in Child Protective Services for the Oregon Department of Human Services, turned in reports showing contacts and interviews that didn’t happen, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.
“Other reports contained false statements and work that was allegedly completed” during days he was off work, deputies said.
Detectives began reviewing cases assigned to Fuentes after a sheriff’s office detective and DHS employee working on a child abuse investigation found inconsistencies in reports he finished. Detectives found falsified information in at least 15 of his cases, deputies said.
They said Fuentes, 34, is facing 15 counts of tampering with public records and first-degree official misconduct.
His employer put him on administrative leave when it got wind of the investigation in November 2016 and has since given cases he was involved in to other workers, according to the sheriff’s office. A DHS spokeswoman said he remains on administrative leave.
Fuentes most recently worked in Beaverton and has been a DHS social services specialist since August 2011, deputies said.
Fuentes is being held in the Washington County Jail.