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Long Arm Of CPS Doing Coverup Again

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Long Arm Of CPS Doing Coverup Again

Child Abuse reports ignored by Rockbridge
social services, report finds

Rockbridge County, VA  –  Reports of child abuse and neglect did not just fall through the cracks at the Rockbridge Area Department of Social Services, an internal review has found.  Some of the reports were fed into a paper shredder, never to be investigated by the agency.

VA Department of Social Services May 2016 Review

Of the 41 problems identified in the damning review, “of utmost concern” was evidence that a former department supervisor shredded reports before they could go to the Child Protective Services unit for assessment.

The former supervisor is not named in the report.  Susan Reese, head of the social services’ Piedmont Regional Office, which conducted the review, declined to comment on the reasons for the supervisor’s departure.

But Reese confirmed that the director of the Rockbridge agency, Meredith Downey, announced her retirement during the inquiry.

Other problems cited in the report include slow responses to emergency calls, missed deadlines, altered documents and low staff morale — which many employees attributed to “an atmosphere of bullying, harassment and intimidation” by the unnamed former supervisor.

The report cites one case in which a child later died.

Earlier this year, an infant was assessed by the agency as “high risk” in an unfit home.  “But no services were offered,” the report stated. In April, the 3-month-old girl was rushed to Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital in Lexington, where she was pronounced dead on arrival.

Police are investigating both the death and the actions taken by the department in that and other cases.

“We’re looking at it from all angles,” said Capt. Tony McFaddin of the Rockbridge County Sheriff’s Office.

For years, members of the sheriff’s office have been troubled by the social services department, which serves Rockbridge County and the cities of Lexington and Buena Vista.  “We felt that in some cases they weren’t providing the services that we felt they should have been providing,” McFaddin said.

It was the fatality that finally spurred action.

After the sheriff’s office began to investigate the infant’s death, it ran into a stone wall with the former supervisor, who refused to assign a Child Protective Services worker to the case, according to the report.

The sheriff’s office complained to the Piedmont Regional Office, which urged the local department to get involved.  But later, the former supervisor would not share the results of the agency’s investigation with law enforcement, according to the report.

That prompted two more calls by sheriff’s investigators to the regional office.  Those calls — combined with complaints from within the department and other state agencies — prompted the regional office to expedite a review of the entire social services department in Rockbridge.

“It’s very concerning,” Reese said of the three-month review, which was completed in May.

The regional office, located in Roanoke, has sent a specialist to the Rockbridge department to help work through the problems.

“Some of the findings were very severe, and that’s why we’re looking at this very closely,” Reese said.

According to the report, the former supervisor would sometimes direct her staff not to respond to emergency calls, saying that it was “too late in the day” and that law enforcement could handle the reports of children in troubled situations.

“Services workers indicated that they used personal cellphones to keep in touch with community partners (i.e. law enforcement) because the Supervisor discourages communication and working relationships,” the report stated.

“Workers stated that sometimes they are so concerned about some cases, they offer services in secret.”

In addition to surveying the 30-some employees at the Rockbridge office, the regional office also examined its caseload numbers, which raised another red flag.

During a year-long period that ended March 1, the agency received 271 reports of alleged abuse or neglect of children.  A little more than half — 158— were “screened out,” or determined not to be worthy of investigation.

“That was an extremely high number of screen-outs,” Reese said.

Of those 158 cases, investigators took a more detailed look at a sample of 30 case files.  In 12 of those cases, they found that the allegations — such as sexual abuse or physical assault — were of the type that state law requires a closer look at by social services.

While all of the 271 reports examined by investigators were entered into the department’s records, it remains unclear how many other case summaries might have been shredded, Reese said.

No evidence remains of those cases, which were never logged into the department’s computer system.  But investigators determined that the shredding happened based on reports from other employees, who had kept copies of the documents before giving them to the former supervisor, according to the report.

Why the documents were shredded remains a mystery.

“I could not speculate on that, because we have heard no reason for this being done,” Reese said.

It does not appear that Child Protective Services staff was overburdened.  With an average of nine cases a month referred for further investigation, “this should not be a difficult standard to meet,” the report stated.

In nearly all of the cases, the former supervisor served as the gateway for a case to get to an investigator.  The high number of cases that didn’t make the cut appears to be just one reason for low morale among rank-and-file workers in the agency.

“It is concerning that a majority of the employees … reported during interviews and/or written survey comments that the … Supervisor fosters and atmosphere of ‘bullying,’ ‘harassment’ and ‘intimidation,’ the report stated.

Some workers said they were so afraid of encountering their boss in the department’s kitchen area that they constructed a makeshift kitchen for themselves in a storage room.

Complaints to the agency’s director fell on deaf ears, the report stated, which only worsened morale.  Efforts to reach the now-retired director, Downey, were unsuccessful on Wednesday.

It was in that kind of environment that a 3-month-old infant received no follow-up care from the social services department, even after it deemed her to be living in a “high risk” home.  Although documents in that case were not shredded, it remains unclear why the case did not receive more attention from social services until after the girl died.

Police were notified after the infant was taken to the emergency room.

After pronouncing the girl dead, doctors found discoloration around her face and mouth that indicated she might have been lying face-down for a prolonged period of time, according to a search warrant filed in Rockbridge County Circuit Court.

A man and woman who were caring for the child gave conflicting accounts of how long the infant had been sleeping and when she was found unresponsive, the warrant stated.

In seeking permission to search the home, an investigator wrote in the warrant that the house was extremely dirty “and also appears to have been a danger to the child’s health.”

No charges have been filed in the case.  McFaddin, of the sheriff’s office, said investigators are waiting for the results of an autopsy.

And while the sheriff’s office is also looking into the operations of the social services department, McFaddin said there’s been a noticeable improvement since the shakeup at the top.

“Now, since the regional office has gotten involved, our relationship with social services is on the mend, and we still have a good relationship with them,” he said.

Reese also believes that the department is turning a corner.

“The staff that are there are really dedicated, and they want to do the right thing,” she said.  “They want to offer their best to the community, and they’re very dedicated to doing that.”

What Is Right For All Children

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Please Don’t Ignore Child Abuse

Indifference In The Hearts Of Children:
A Perverse Agenda

Why doesn’t the safety and well-being of all Children matter?

Children are born innocent, knowing nothing but the security that has held them close and warm for nine months.

From the first day, a Child begins learning, learning everything they see, hear, feel, and smell.

Why aren’t Our Children safe and protected by laws in every state?

Why are Our Children allowed to be subjected to the HIV/AIDS epidemic that is growing exponentially?

It is WRONG for a Child to see, hear, feel, smell, or be around cussing, violence, alcohol, drugs, sex, and most especially anything perverse or antisocial.

Why are The Clergy forced to face their accusers when no one else is?

Why are Law Enforcement Officers allowed to be the victims of such close scrutiny when no one else is?  These fine people are PUBLIC SERVANTS.


Billy Graham’s Grandson On Protestants’ Response To Child Sex Abuse

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Basyle “Boz” Tchividjian

“I apologize for not posting this last week, but due to the media bias toward religion, and the media’s obvious use of Clergy Sexual Abuse to cover-up shortcomings, or more to the point, total disregard toward Our Children’s safety by Our Constituents, in not enacting ample legislation and also not opening up the Statute of Limitations with the exception of Clergy related, I ceased posting anything related to Clergy Abuse and also anything related to Law Enforcement Abuse”.
Robert StrongBow

Sexual abuse of children is “one of the great tragedies of the modern (Protestant) church,” a crime that often is ignored by congregations who should be focused on nurturing the next generation of believers, said Basyle “Boz” Tchividjian, a former Florida sex crimes prosecutor and grandson of famed evangelist Billy Graham.

Tchividjian’s comments came as Houston jurisdictions of the United Methodist and Evangelical Lutheran churches this week host training sessions for clergy on the danger of “moral failure.”  As many as 300 Methodist ministers on Wednesday are to attend sexual ethics training conducted by the 675-congregation Texas Annual Conference.  Similar seminars are being staged by the Evangelical Lutheran church’s Gulf Coast Synod in communities in the greater Houston area.

“I can tell you in my own experience that there are hundreds and hundreds of abuse cases that have occurred within the Protestant context,” said Tchividjian, a Liberty University law professor and founder of Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment, a non-profit organization working to identify and prevent sexual abuse of children in church settings.

“The absolute tragedy is that not only do churches fail to protect children.  It’s the dismal responses.  All too often a congregation’s response is to protect itself,” Tchividjian said.  “We love redemption stories.  All the offender has to do is cry and express his or her sorrow, and pretty soon they’re surrounded by rejoicing.  They may even make the victim feel he or she was to blame.”

Tchividjian said one-fourth of females and one-sixth of males have experienced sexual abuse by the time they turn 18.  “That may not all have happened in a church setting,” he said, “but most pastors are absolutely ill-equipped to understand this issue.”

While much concern about sexual abuse of children has focused on the Catholic church, Tchividjian said the situation within Protestant congregations remains a hidden crisis.   “When things surfaced within the Catholic church, a lot of people in the Protestant world reacted with shock and pointing of their fingers at the Catholics,” he said.  “Their reaction was not to take a step back to evaluate sexual abuse in their own denominations.”

Tchividjian said his organization seeks to educate the Protestant community regarding how sexual predators “think and act,” providing expert assistance to congregations grappling with abuse and, in some instances, investigating allegations of wrongdoing.

“As Christians, we believe in a Gospel that is about a God sacrificing himself in order to preserve and protect individuals.  When it comes to child sexual abuse, too many churches and Christian organizations prefer to sacrifice individuals in order to protect themselves.  We end up living out the very antithesis of the Gospel that we preach.  The consequences are devastating.”

Another Indictment Against Our Justice System

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Child Predator Jerry Sandusky

This is a sad day in the history of Our Country.

Day after day so many innocent people are being railroaded on circumstantial evidence alone.

At the same time KNOWN PEDOPHILES never pay for their crimes against Our Society.

Due to the two(2) forms of justice in Our Country, Rich Justice and Poor Justice, KNOWN PEDOPHILES like Dennis Hastert are given bond amounts like $4,500, while the have-nots are given bond amounts like $50,000.

Equal justice would see the have-nots paying bond amounts like $50,000, while the above justice crowd would pay amounts closer to $5,000,000.  Then the jury would be representative of the true America, based on the percentage of rich, poor, and race.

For Jerry Sandusky to be considered for appeal, first, every other person who has an appeal already granted, theirs should be cleared first.  While every person waiting on appeal should wait at the very same place, IN GENERAL POPULATION.

Ex-Abilene High Teacher Indicted For CSA

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Breanne Brown, 31

ABILENE, Texas  –  A Taylor County grand jury has indicted 31-year-old former Abilene High School teacher Breanne Brown on a charge of second-degree felony sexual assault of a child.

A second-degree-felony is punishable by two to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.  Probation is also possible.

Brown resigned from Abilene ISD in January. That’s when she was arrested for second-degree felony sexual assault.

According to Abilene police, Brown had sex with a 16-year-old boy on at least 10 different occasions.

Brown’s case led to the resignation of former Abilene ISD Superintendent Heath Burns, who pleaded guilty in August to a charge of failure to report child abuse by a professional and possession of a controlled substance by fraud.

Burns was sentenced to three years of probation, ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and instructed to turn over his Texas educator certificate.

Burns resigned suddenly in February after he was criticized for the district’s handling of cases involving alleged improper relationships between educators and students.

In September 30-year-old Michael Trook, a former dean with Abilene ISD, pleaded guilty to one count of improper relationship between a teacher and a student.

He was originally charged with two counts, but the state waived one in the plea deal.

Trook was sentenced to 15 days in jail and 10 years of deferred adjudication probation.

He also had to permanently surrender his teaching certificate and had to pay a $2,500 fine.

Trook was indicted in April.

According to a complaint filed with the district attorney’s office the charges stemmed from a sexual relationship, Trook had with a 17-year-old female student in his office at Holland Medical School around Dec. 10, 2014.

In September Abilene High School Principal Jennifer Raney was reassigned to the Curriculum Department in the AISD administration building.

According to a news release from Superintendent David Young, Raney was moved temporarily while the district proceeds with an internal review of the “events that happened last school year.”

Also in September, AISD Associate Superintendent for Legal and Human Resources Mark Neal was named a suspect in an investigation by the Taylor County District Attorney’s Office related to the handling of an improper relationship between a student and a teacher, according to Abilene police.