Thursday, July 27, 2006

Foster Father Charged with Abuse

Last month, a former foster father, Enrique Fabregas, was charged with three counts of child exploitation and one count of possession of child pornography. Alleged victim of sex abuse says threats bought silence, Seattle Times, June 13, 2006.

DSHS had had 25 complaints about Fabregas; 8 alleged sexual abuse or exploitation of the children in his care. Previous complaints against foster father ignored, Seattle Times, July 26, 2006.

"Fabregas pulled the wool over the eyes of DSHS," said David P. Moody, an attorney representing [two alleged victims, sisters who are now 19 and 18]. "Unbelievably, DSHS was charmed by this man to the detriment of these vulnerable young girls."
Id. In earlier cases, Moody has successfully the state on behalf of vulnerable adults and children under the state's care -- for instance, developmentally disabled young men who were abused while in a state-licensed facility. Moody is also a UW Trial Ad instructor.

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