Children sexually abused in foster/adoptive homes



"Rebecca" from Bulgaria

"Rebecca" was sexually abused in her birth home in Bulgaria. She spent 2 years recovering in the orphanage, only to be placed at age 7 in a US adoptive family where her father sexually abused her for 3 year before discovery.
Date: 2004-12-16
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

United States

2 girls in foster care with Mark and Annmarie Ashby

2 girls in foster care with Mark and Annmarie Ashby were allegedly sexually abused by their foster father.
Date: 2009-04-14
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Foster father

Location

Marion, Illinois
United States
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21 Girls adopted by John and Marian DiMaria

 

Marian and John DiMarias, conservative evangelical Christians, adopted 21 girls from third-world countries. The adopted girls were all impaired; most were deaf. In February, 2003, the State of Vermont learned that John DiMaria had been sexually abusing the older girls for years. He was convicted and jailed by the State.

During 1999 - 2003 DiMaria and her husband, John DiMaria, lived in Jericho, VT  and operated the Gypsy Grace Ranch, advertised as "North America's Largest Breeder" of Gypsy horses, an expensive English draft horse. The DiMarias moved to Vermont from Kentucky, where they also operated a horse farm.

In 2002 and 2003, after the DiMarias had exhausted Marian DiMaria's trust fund of over $7 million, they deceived the Mellon Bank in Pennsylvania, a trustee of the adopted girls' trusts, into sending them $168,000 for fictitious expenses. Further investigation revealed that DiMaria had received and spent $96,000 from one adopted victim's trust, and had defrauded the Social Security Administration of approximately $13,000, after she learned that her husband had been sexually abusing the children.

At least 2 girls were born in China, and Ukraine, at least one girl in India, Russia, Brazil, and Bolivia. (1996 they had 8 from: China, Russia, India, Brazil)  - (Olivia, Hannah, Rikki, Tressah, Anya, Elizabeth, + 15 more)
Date: 2003-02-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse, Economic exploitation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Location

Jericho, Vermont
United States
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22 children adopted or fostered by Carl and Sherry Scott

10 foster, 12 adopted and 5 natural children removed from Sherry Scott's home after Oregon Children's Services Division alleges sanitation problems and sexual abuse between children. Carl had left the home the previous fall. Most of the children were physically or mentally disabled. Many of the children were in the home under private arrangements between parents. Sherry also provided temporary respite care.

Sherry admitted to neglect.
Date: 1991-01-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse, Non-lethal neglect
Abuser: Adoptive mother, Adopted sibling, Foster sibling, Undetermined

Location

Cornelius, Oregon
United States
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3 girls adopted by Charles Sparks

Three girls adopted by Charles Sparks and his wife, were sexually abused by their adoptive father. Sparks was a former custodian at Parkview Middle School in Clark County.

In 2001, Child Protection Services investigated Sparks for sexual abuse, but against CPS's recommendations and warnings, a judge allowed Sparks to keep the girls.

The adoptive mother knew what happened and didn't do anything about it.
Date: 2008-04-28
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Jeffersonville, Indiana
United States
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4 children adopted by Aubrey and Laura Thomas

A 15-year-old boy, a 14-year-old girl, a 14-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl, adopted by Aubrey and Laura Thomas were paddled regularly, forced to eat horse manure, forced to perform sex acts, fed bar soap and cayenne pepper and forced to vomit food and eat it off the floor.

The Thomases became foster parents to six children in 2001. In 2003, two of the children were removed because they had been abused.
Date:
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse, Non-lethal neglect, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes

Location

Sperry, Oklahoma
United States
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76+ Children adopted by Diane and Dennis Nason


From 1968 to 1990 the Nasons adopted between 76 and 84 children, most of them having special needs, to form their "Celebration Family" or "Nason Nation". The also had 6 biological children. Eventually they formed their own school "Great Expectations".

Allegations involve physical abuse, mental injury, neglect, sexual abuse among siblings, and sexual abuse by Dennis Nason. Three small children died of neglect: Natasha (India or Bangladesh), an infant girl who allegedly died of malnutrition and starvation in March 1988; and Jason, 2, and Jodi (Chile), 4, who each died of shigella (dysentery) in 1985, just a few days apart.
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Some of the 76 children they adopted have told of being beaten and being shocked with a cattle prod. At least one younger child, was allegedly caged in his beds. A 27-year-old woman adopted when she was 10 said that Dennis Nason, 49, molested her and attempted intercourse, and that she was forced to eat a bar of soap. She also said she had been hit with a belt during meals for eating too slowly and was hit again when the first beating caused her to urinate.

Diane and Dennis found new homes for at least 40 of the 54 children who lived in the Nason home between January and March of 1991 (Among the charges against them is that Dennis and Diane forged documents, medical histories, to get these children placed.)

The Nasons were acquitted of abuse charges, but convicted of racketeering and forgery involving the children's paperwork.

The children were adopted from Vietnam, India, Korea, Mexico, El Salvador, Ecuador, Chile, Peru, Brazil, Colombia, Israel, and from United States foster care.
Date: 1991-05-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse, Non-lethal neglect, Lethal neglect, Economic exploitation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother, Adopted sibling, Other non-family member
Disabilities: yes
Home schooling: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Placement

Organizations: Oregon Department of Human Services, Private domestic adoption agencies, International Adoption Agencies
Persons: Mother Teresa

Location

Sisters, Oregon
United States
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Adopted sibling of Kenneth Ray Knightingale

The girl was sexually abused by her older adopted brother since the age of seven,
Date: 2008-02-11
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adopted sibling

Location

Livingston, California
United States
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Andy Cannon

Adopted in 1997 at age 8 by David Cannon, Andy was sexually and physically abused until he was removed from the home in 2004 after many reports of abuse.
Date: 2004-08-14
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Other non-family member

Post placement

Organizations: Wakefield Council’s Family Services

Location

Wakefield, West Yorkshire
United Kingdom

Ariel Ariza (aka Ariel James Mitchell), and L.M. in care of Rev. James Mitchell

At least 2 teen-aged boys brought to Vancouver, WA, from Colombia by Catholic priest James Mitchell. He promised them U.S. citizenship via adoption and then subjected them to years of sexual abuse. At least 4 boys lived with Mitchell over the years. Ariel and L.M. have alleged sexual abuse. Ariel was told he was adopted by Mitchell, but was only granted  US visa. It is unclear if the boys were ever legally adopted.
Date: 1982-01-01
Placement type: To be adopted
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Vancouver, Washington
United States
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Bethany Loerke

Bethany Loerke was adopted from foster care at age 5 along with her younger bio sister. Sexual abuse by her adoptive father Dr. James Loerke began almost immediately and continued until Bethany told her adoptive mother when she was nearly 11.  James Loerke pleaded guilty to four counts of sexual molestation and was sentenced to 20 years, which was later reduced to 15 years.

At 20 years old, Bethany chose to waive her anonymity to help other victims, and to help others understand the connection between childhood trauma and later juvenile delinquency.
Date: 2012-04-22
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Tulsa, Oklahoma
United States
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Boy 'adopted' by Mark J Newton and Peter Truong

Boy purchased from a Russian woman at 5 days old in 2005 by an Australian gay couple (Mark J. Newton and Peter Truong) was sexually abused by them, by other men, and used in pornography before he was 2 years old until he was removed from their care in 2011 at age 6. He was abused in numerous countries including Australia, USA, Germany and France. When originally arrested in California by the FBI, the men claimed they were being targeted because they were homosexual.
It is not clear how long the men were in the US before the child was removed from their care. The boy was originally claimed to be the biological son of Newton conceived by surrogacy in Russia. He may have been adopted by one of the men while they were in California using fake paperwork.

Mark J. Newton (Australian-USA dual citizen), 42, was sentenced to 40 years in prison and $400,000 in restitution to the child. His boyfriend, Peter Truong (Australian), 36, pleaded guilty but has not yet been sentenced.
Date: 2012-02-09
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse, Sexual exploitation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Undetermined

Location

Cairns, Queensland
Australia

Boy adopted by a British Columbia man

A boy was sexually abused by his adoptive father, a 43 year old Lower Mainland area man. The man had previously helped build an orphanage in Mexico and mentored vulnerable children through Big Brothers. The man had extensive child pornography in his home and the abuse was discovered as a result of the Project Spade international porn bust.
Date: 2013-01-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Lower Mainland area, British Columbia
Canada
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Boy adopted by Claude Edward Foulk

For over a decade a boy adopted by Claude Edward Foulk, was allegedly sexually abused by his adoptive father. Faulk allegedly abused five other children, while working at a mental facilities in Southern California.
Date: 2010-02-24
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Long Beach, California
United States
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Boy adopted by couple from Colorado Springs

11-year-old boy, one of 5 adopted by a couple from Colorado Springs, was forced to spend days and nights in a small room beneath stairs with only a wool blanket and bucket in which to relieve himself.  When he wasn't confined to that space, he was forced to masturbate in front of siblings, do calisthenics in the nude, wear a dog shock collar, and he was forced to eat his meals on the floor while the rest of the family dined at the table.

On good days, the adopted boy lived in a sparse basement day room, kept separate from the rest of the family.

According to the adoptive mother, she followed suggested therapies for his attachment disorder, such as employing reverse psychology and making him earn his meals and play time through good behavior.

She said one unlicensed therapist, Deborah Hage of Silverthorne, told her to put the boy in the space beneath the stairs when he was bad.

Hage wouldn't comment on the case and said she was "never the family therapist."

Prosecutors didn't seek felony convictions in this case because they could not prove the child suffered serious physical injury.

Date: 2001-09-11
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Attachment Therapy

Persons: Deborah Hage

Location

Colorado Springs, Colorado
United States
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Boy adopted by Donald Shissler

14-year-old boy was adopted from foster care by Donald Shissler with the intent to sexually abuse him. At least two other boys were also abused by Shissler, who made sexual explicit photos and videos of the boys while engaging in sexual activity. Shissler was a former Episcopalian priest, high school teacher, and foster parent.
Date: 2002-05-31
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse, Sexual exploitation
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Denver, Colorado
United States
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Boy adopted by Douglas John Burnham

In the 1970's a 9-year-old boy was adopted by Douglas Burnham and molested for years. Burnham was convicted of first-degree sexual abuse in 1983 and received probation. Burnham continued to molest children and in March 2011 was sentenced to 12 1/2 years.
Date: 1983-01-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Placement

Organizations: Oregon Department of Human Services, (child welfare agency)

Location

Milwaukie, Oregon
United States
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Boy adopted by Frank M. Lombard and Kenneth Shipp

5-year-old boy, adopted by Frank M. Lombard and his partner Kenneth Shipp was allegedly sexually abused by his adoptive father, Lombard. In a sting operation by Washington DC, Metropolitan Police Department, Lombard was arrested offering his adopted son for sexual exploitation over the internet. There was a 2nd child in the household. Shipp may have been unaware of the abuse.
Date: 2009-06-24
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse, Sexual exploitation
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Durham, North Carolina
United States
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Boy adopted by George Alex Allen

16-year-old boy adopted by a former supervisor for the Administration for Children's Services and his wife, was sexually abused by his adoptive father.
Date: 1998-11-26
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Brooklyn, New York
United States
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Boy adopted by James and Linda Ramaglia

19-year-old mentally disabled boy adopted by James and Linda Ramaglia was sexually abused by his adoptive father, who was a convicted sex offender and who had served four-and-a-half years in prison for molesting two of his other children.
Date: 2009-08-24
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Attleboro, Massachusetts
United States
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Boy adopted by Jay Ram aka Gary Winnick aka Jay Mizraha

A boy adopted at age 10 from California in 1983 by Jay Ram (aka Gary Winnick) was later sexually, physically and psychologically abused while living on the Big Island. The boy was isolated on a farm and required to work. Ram had at least 6 boys (5 adopted and 1 foster) in 1993. He also had 3 adult sons, unclear of bio/adopted status.
Tehama County California had investigated physical abuse allegations in mid 1980's. A visiting boy reported sexual abuse in 1992.
Jay Ram worked for the Tropical Rural and Island/Atoll Development Experiment Station (TRIADES) and later Agrinom. He is believed to have moved to Saipan., and in 2013 is believed to be somewhere in Africa. He was located in Odessa Florida living under the name Jay Mizraha along with 3 boys or young men.
Date: 1985-01-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse, Economic exploitation
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Hakalau, Hawaii
United States
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Boy adopted by Jennifer Louise Barnes

10-year-old boy, adopted by Jennifer Louise Barnes was sexually tortured by his adoptive mother, burning his penis with a lighter and sodomizing him with a toothbrush, forcing dog feces into his mouth and taping it shut using duct tape.
Date: 2010-05-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Gilbert, Arizona
United States
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Boy adopted by Joe Hunt

Boy of 7 was sexually abused by his adoptive father continuously until he was 13 years old in the late 1970s and 1980s. Adopted father Joseph L. Hunt was a police officer, scout leader, and coach. Hunt admitted to the abuse, pled guilt and was sentenced to 41 months in jail. Joe Hunt was married and there were at least 2 other girl children in the home.
Date: 2011-09-09
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Coon Rapids, Minnesota
United States
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Boy adopted by Mary Lou and Bernard Bauer

A boy adopted from Vietnam was sexually abused by his adopted sister from India. The girl had been sexually abused prior to her adoption. The Bauers had 14 internationally adopted children.
Date: 1985-00-00
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adopted sibling

Location

Hampton, Minnesota
United States
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Boy adopted by Scott Legrand

17-year-old former foster child was sexually abused by his adoptive father, who was a Devereux Florida state-contracted foster care facility worker
Date: 2008-02-08
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Orange County, Florida
United States
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Boy adopted by Stephen Pratt

12 year old boy brought from the Dominican Republic in 1983 was sexually abused by Stephen Pratt. the adoption was finalized in the US in 1986. Investigators also found evidence of child pornography in the home. Outcome of the case is unknown.
Date: 1983-11-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Jersey City, New Jersey
United States
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Boy adopted by William Delos Peckenpaugh

9 year old boy, adopted from Ramnicu-Sarat, Buzau, Romania, had been sexually abused by his adopter William Delos Peckenpaugh who also video taped the assaults. William "Bill" Peckenpaugh was a nudist and had several articles and websites advocating nudism and children.
Date: 2004-12-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse, Sexual exploitation
Abuser: Adoptive father

Placement

Post placement

Organizations: Lisa Lewis Cavallo

Location

Silverton, Oregon
United States
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Boy adopted in Katz family

12-year-old boy was sexually abused for 6 years by Jaime Katz, a family member of the people that adopted the boy.
Date: 2008-05-16
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Other family member

Location

New York, New York
United States
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Boy and Girl adopted by Joseph and Linda Mayotte

A boy and girl adopted from Petropavlovsk, Kazakhstan by Linda and Joseph Mayotte in 2004 were raped, the girl by her father, the boy by his mother. Sexual abuse began in 2005 when the children were 8 and 13. Linda Mayotte gave birth to a child fathered by the boy. Both parents were found guilty of multiple counts of abuse.
Date: 2009-06-05
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Whitinsville, Massachusetts
United States
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Boy in foster care with Tarquin Craig Thomas

Tarquin Craig Thomas, a UK citizen living in the US, sexually abused a 9 yr old Oregon boy in his care. The abuse was immediate and daily after the boy entered his care in 2005. Pornographic images, including bestiality, of other children he 'mentored' were found in his home.
Date: 2007-05-24
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Foster father

Location

San Mateo, California
United States
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Boys adopted and fostered by Thomas Cusick

Tom Cusick adopted or fostered 28 children, 4 girls and 24 boys. Most of boys were 8 or 9 year old when placed with him. Cusick was unmarried, but had a live-in female companion. At least 5 of the boys accused him of sexually abusing them.

Cusick committed suicide 2 days before the trial was to begin. Cusick claimed to be a famous composer, but apparently his income was only from foster and adoption subsidies.
Date: 1999-10-26
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Placement

Location

Langhorne, Pennsylvania
United States
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Boys adopted by David Allen Lindsey Sr.

At least four out of eleven boys adopted by David Allen Lindsey were sexually molested by him. Lindsey was the first single man in Florida to adopt.
Date: 1987-06-06
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Boynton Beach, Florida
United States
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Boys adopted by Dr. Daniel Carleton Gajdusek

Between 38 and 56 Melanesian and Micronesian boys and girls were brought to the USA by nobel prize winner D. Carleton Gajdusek, at least one boy claimed to have been sexually abused. Prosecutors said more were abused. Gajdusek claimed the boys were adopted, no records were found. Boys may have come to US on student visas.
Date: 1996-01-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Frederick, Maryland
United States
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Boys adopted by George Harasz and Doug Wirth

Some of nine boys adopted by George Harasz and Doug Wirth were allegedly abused by their adoptive fathers.
Date: 2011-11-30
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Glastonbury, Connecticut
United States
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Boys adopted by John Krueger

John Krueger, a 53-year-old Bakersfield man is accused of molesting four young boys, all children adopted from an orphanage in Kherson, Ukraine. Three of the boys were his sons, the fourth, an acquaintance.
Date: 2006-04-13
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Facilitators

Organizations: Ukrainian Angels
Persons: Cathy Harris

Location

Bakersfield, California
United States
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Boys adopted by William Fox

Three boys adopted by William Fox were sexually abused by their adoptive father. William Fox made headlines in 1981 when talking a teen boy out of committing suicide. Fox later adopted the boy and wrote a book about his experience. He also received the National Father of the Year Award. William Fox adopted 10 boys in total, three of whom filed complaints about sexual abuse.
Date: 2011-03-21
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father
Disabilities: yes

Location

Liberty Township, Pennsylvania
United States
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Boys adopted by/in foster care with Gregg Larsen

Several boys adopted by or in foster care with Gregg Larsen were being taped with a hidden camera while in the bathroom. Larsen shared the material online and was arrested by the FBI. One of the boys reported the hidden camera to Hennepin County social worker in 2007, but nothing was done with that complaint.
Date: 2009-07-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual exploitation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Foster father

Location

Minneapolis, Minnesota
United States
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Boys at Project Pierre Toussaint

Orphaned, abandonded and street boys were sexually abused by the founder, Doug Perlitz, while at Project Pierre Toussaint, a shelter and boarding school.
Date: 2008-01-01
Placement type: Institution
Institution: Project Pierre Toussaint Haiti Fund
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Other non-family member

Location

Cap-Haïtien, Nord
Haiti

Boys fostered by Brian John Bergthold

At least two boys placed by Brian John Bergthold were sexually abused by him while being filmed. Bergthold was sentenced to 40 years imprisonment for sexual assault and for 70 years for child pornography charges.
Date: 2000-01-01
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse, Sexual exploitation
Abuser: Foster father

Location

Bella Vista, Arkansas
United States
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Boys in care of David Christie

David Christy, a British man who ran the Jari Children's Village from 1994 to 1997, as an employee of Swiss-based aid agency Terre des Hommes, sexually abused dozens of boys over the years and allowed known paedophiles to come to his Addis house and the village to abuse children.
Date: 1998-01-01
Placement type: Institution
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Other non-family member

Location

Ambasel Awraja, Amhara
Ethiopia

Boys in Foster care in Calgary, Canada

At least one and maybe 3 boys aged 2, 4, and 6 were sexually assaulted by a 13 year old foster brother "T". All 4 children were in the same foster home in Calgary. The 13 year old said he got the idea from watching gay pornography available in the home.
Date: 2012-01-03
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Foster sibling

Location

calgary, Alberta
Canada
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Boys in foster care with Ian Wathey and Craig Faunch

Homosexual couple sexually abuse four children that were placed in foster care with them. Investigations found out social workers were afraid to act upon allegations for fear of being labeled homophobic. The man fostered 18 children in 15 months, having requested boys aged 5 to 12 years old. After the 4th complaint of inappropriate activity, the police became involved.

Wathey was jailed for five years after being convicted of four counts of sexual activity with a child and one offence of causing a child to watch sexual activity.

Faunch received a six-year prison sentence after he was found guilty of five charges of engaging in sexual activity with a child and two of taking indecent photographs of a child.
Date: 2003-01-01
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Foster father

Placement

Organizations: Wakefield Council, Yorkshire

Location

Pontefract, Wakefield
United Kingdom

Boys in foster care with Joshua Thomas Friar

Two boys, while living at Jasper Mountain treatment facility in Lane County, were placed in foster care with Joshua Thomas Friar, a worker at the facility. Soon after the placement, the sexual abuse of the boys started.
Date: 2009-11-17
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Foster father

Location

Springfield, Oregon
United States
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Carmina Salcido (Cecelia Swindell)

 

At age three, her father Ramon Salcido, embarked on a killing spree, murdering Carmina's mother, her two sisters, two aunts and her grand mother. Carmina's throat was slit, but she managed to survive the massacre.

She was subsequently adopted by Clyde and Betty Swindell from Missouri, members of the ultra-conservative Catholic group "Tradition, Family and Property" (TFP). This family was chosen by her maternal grandfather as he and his family belongs to the same sect. The Swindell family abused her for years, including spending her trust fund, until she left the house at age 17. Carmina's story is told in the book "Not Lost Forever".
Date: 1989-01-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse, Non-lethal deprivation, Economic exploitation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Location

Missouri
United States
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Children adopted and fostered by Jonathan and Jaime Swim

Oldest son sexually abused younger children in the Swim home. Parents were charged with one felony count for permitting child sexual abuse after they reported the abuse to DHS
Date: 2010-05-17
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adopted sibling

Location

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
United States
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Children adopted by couple in Haute-Loire, France

A 4 year-old boy was brought to the hospital at Haute-Loire (France) by his adoptive parents for an injury resulting from falling; but the doctors realized quickly that the injuries were not consistent with a fall. The younger brother of the victim, 18 months-old, was also hospitalized since few days for an injury to his leg. The boys were adopted since May 1, 2008. After having denied any violence, the father admitted that sometime he strikes the children to correct them but he minimizes the brutality of his behaviour saying that it was his way of educating his adoptive son who only speaks an Ehtiopian dialect. The father is imprisoned for aggravated rape, sexual assault and violence on children. The man is known to be impulsive and violent with his wife. His wife is under investigation for "non-denunciation of ill-treatment".

Date: 2008-06-06
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Placement

Organizations: Tukul (based in Addis)

Location

Yssingeaux, Haute-Loire - Auvergne
France

Children adopted by Dave and Wonda Dixon

A 12-year-old girl, adopted by Dave and Wonda Dixon, was allegedly sexually and physically abused. She was also deprived of food. The Dixon's had adopted a total of 10 children.
Date: 2013-08-21
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Lubbock, Texas
United States
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Children adopted by Donald and Linda Hannah

A girl and a boy adopted by Donald and Linda Hannah were physically abused by their adoptive parents. The girl was also sexually abused by her adoptive father. When the girl reported the sexual abuse to her adoptive mother, she was accused of lying. The girl was also made to sleep outside as punishment.
Date: 2013-02-14
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Crum, West Virginia
United States
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Children adopted by Dr. Philip J. Broeckel Sr and Julie Broeckel

Dr Broeckel Sr. sexually abused at least 4 of his adopted children including some from Mexico. His now ex-wife Julie Barryman was not charged and was unaware of the abuse

Broeckel and his second wife, Julie, had two children of their own, adopted several others, became guardians for others and, over a period of about five years, took in numerous orphans, runaways and abandoned kids. From 15 to 20 children at a given time lived under his roof; so many that the family eventually began traveling around in a remodeled school bus.

According to one of the adopted children of Philip Broeckel the allegations were false (see: Dr Philip Broeckel was framed by Julie Berryman)
Date: 1989-10-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Location

San Juan, Texas
United States
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Children adopted by Earnest and Windie Perry

Earnest and Windie Perry, adopted six children in total. Five of them were removed from the house after the couple was charged with eight count of aggravated child abuse. Their eldest, Elizabeth Perry, together with her adoptive mother Windie, was also charged with two counts of rape of a child and two counts of aggravated rape.

Earnest was acquitted. Windie and Elizabeth were convicted of  facilitation of rape of a child, false imprisonment, reckless endangerment and more involving 2 of the girls.
Date: 2008-07-10
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother, Adopted sibling
Home schooling: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Location

Clarksville, Tennessee
United States
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Children adopted by Gregory Bernard Lacy and LaQuron D. McLean Lacy

Seven children, under the age of 11, adopted by Gregory Bernard Lacy and LaQuron D. McLean Lacy were sexually and physically abused by their adoptive parents.

The Lacy's had an in-house strip club where parties were held in the children's presence. The children were hit with fists, belts, hangers and metal objects and one of the girls was molested by her adoptive father.
Date: 2012-10-12
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Perris, California
United States
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Children adopted by James and Vonda Ferguson

Three boys and two girls were beaten with sticks, belts, shoes, fists and hammers; burned with a clothes iron, the stove, and a curling iron; bitten; kicked; stabbed with knives, forks and sticks; urinated on; forced to eat their own excrement; forced to drink urine; fed rotting food as well as cat food; forced into the clothes dryer and the dryer turned on; beaten while naked; duct taped to a chair or their beds for days; strangled with a belt; held under water; held over a banister by their feet and dropped; made to drink hot sauce with red hot peppers; made to drink from the toilet; forced to go without food for days; forced to wear urine soaked clothing on their heads; and body slammed, along with other abuses.At least two of the victims also detailed sexual abuses and assaults using a toilet plunger.
James was a former lay minister and church trustee
Date: 2006-08-15
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Springfield, Ohio
United States
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Children adopted by Jean Paul Kruse and Emily Kruse



2 adopted children and one step child were allegedly sexually abused by their father, Jean Paul Kruse, a Major in the Ohio National Guard. There were 5 bio/step children in the home and 6 adopted children. Three of the children were adopted in Liberia in 2008 and one in Vietnam in 2007. The final 2 children were adopted (or in guardianship) from disrupted international adoptions (Haiti and DRC).
Jean Paul Kruse was charged with 17 felony counts of rape, sexual battery, gross sexual imposition, and intimidation.
Emily Kruse was charged with intimidation and obstruction of justice. Five of the children have been returned to her care.
Date: 2012-08-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Placement

Organizations: probably WACSN

Location

Marysville, Ohio
United States
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Children adopted by Jean-Pierre O. and Anne-Marie O.

Jean-Pierre O., a 73 year-old former professor of literature, accused of having raped his adoptive son during several years and of abusing his two grandchildren, has been sentenced 15 years of imprisonment by the Assize court of Savoie.
His wife, Anne-Marie O. was also sentenced of three years in prison with 30 months suspended for not denouncing her husband, or preventing his actions, especially at home.

The investigation had started in 2006, after a school assistant alerted the justice about a five-year old boy molested by his grandfather Jean-Pierre O. The boy's father revealed to the investigators that he was himself raped by the accused, his adoptive father,  for years, as well as his brother, also adopted. The man said he had been unable to report the events that he preferred to forget until his father attacks his own son.

During his detention, Jean-Pierre O. has actually admitted to having abused his  two grandchildren, aged 5 and 8 years between 2000 and 2003.  He also admitted of having raped his two adoptive sons.

His sons, the children of DDASS (direction départementale des Affaires sanitaires et sociales, in France), now close to their 40s, said they had suffered rape and oral sex several times a week, sometimes in the marriage bed, "for over 20 years."

But the accused will only be judged for  the rape committed on one of his adoptive son, the facts concerning the latter being barred.

Learning the abuses of his husband on his two grandchildren in 2004, Anne-Marie O., a pious woman, was living in "denial" as the experts explained. She pressed his son so that nothing comes outside the family by speaking of forgiveness and the "good side" of Jean-Pierre O. who is also a devout catholic.



Date: 2009-03-00
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: no

Location

Savoie
France

Children adopted by Jerry Wayne Love

Three boys adopted by an unordained priest from Huntsville Alabama were sexually abused by him. Circuit Judge Karen Hall sentenced Jerry Wayne Love, 51, to 15 years on each of three first-degree sodomy charges. But she followed the prosecutors' recommendation, ordering Love to spend five years on probation and undergo treatment in a sex offender program.

In the 1990s Love and his wife were named as adoptive parents of the year by the Madison County Department of Human of Resources
Date: 2007-07-09
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Huntsville, Alabama
United States
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Children adopted by Kekoa and Kaylynn Gaunavinaka

Three siblings adopted in 2003 by Kekoa and Kaylynn Gaunavinaka were systematically beaten by their adoptive father, allegedly the adoptive mother stood by and did nothing. The eldest, a 13 year old girl was also sexually abused by her adoptive father.

Kekoa Glenn Gaunavinaka is serving a life sentence for sexual abuse of his daughter and physical abuse of his sons. Kaylynn divorced Kekoa in 2010 and served 6 months in jail for covering up the abuse. She is barred from seeing the children as a condition of her probation.
Date: 2009-08-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Location

Caldwell, Idaho
United States
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Children adopted by Kenneth H. Brandt

Three boys, 2 adopted and 1 pre-adoptive placement were raped by single father Kenneth H. Brandt. He allowed two other men to have sex with one of the boys. Brandt had adopted/gotten custody the 3 boys and a girl from Texas in 2011. The children briefly enrolled in public education, but were removed from school, to be home-schooled. Prior to the adoptive placements, Brandt had at least 6 foster children in his home.

Brandt pleaded guilty to 6 counts of rape and was sentenced to 60 years.
Date: 2011-03-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse, Sexual exploitation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Foster father
Home schooling: yes

Homestudy

Organizations: ACTION Inc

Location

Troy, Ohio
United States
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Children adopted by Kodzo Dobosu (aka Kojo Odo)



At least three out of thirty-five children adopted by "father of the year" Kodzo Dobosu were sexually abused by him. Another child was sentenced for beating a sibling. He was accused of beating children with a board and pouring hot sauce and hot tea on the genitals of some children. He pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of three children and to petty larceny, in a deal which included no prison time.

Dobosu was born John Love, then legally changed his name to Kojo-Mbogba Odo and later Kodzo Dobosu. Children came from foster care in many states. The family was filmed for a PBS Frontline documentary called "Children of Pride".
Date: 1991-10-22
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adopted sibling
Disabilities: yes

Location

New York, New York
United States
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Children adopted by Matthew and Melissa Dumont

3 children internationally adopted by Melissa and Matthew Dumont were allegedly physically, emotionally, and sexually abused. The children are now aged 17 (girl from China), 14 (boy from Thailand), and 13 (girl from China) and were adopted separately. The older 2 have autism and other special needs.
Date: 2013-07-10
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Disabilities: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Placement

Organizations: Wide Horizons for Children (WHFC), and ?

Location

Manchester, New Hampshire
United States
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Children adopted by Paul and Paula Dunham

Sexual abuse among siblings in a family of 24 adopted, foster and (9) biological children. Some of the children came from disrupted placements and/or were family to family adoptions. Eight of the children were originally adopted from the Philippines. Some of the children were home-schooled. At least one child had a history of sexually abusing girls prior to entering the home.

Criminal charges were filed against two of the Dunhams’ biological children and one adopted son. The biological sons were convicted of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. The adopted son was found not guilty after a trial before a Stearns County judge, possibly because a sibling in Florida refused to come and testify.
Date: 2008-11-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adopted sibling, Non-adopted sibling, Undetermined
Home schooling: yes

Placement

Location

Holdingford, Minnesota
United States
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Children adopted by Richard and ? Hill

Two boys and a girl, all 9 or 10 years old, were sexually abused by their adoptive father, Richard Hill, beginning Jan 2006. He allegedly sexually abused children, including his sisters, since he was a child. His sisters say they objected to the adoptions. Hill was sentenced to 9 years to life. His wife was unaware of the abuse.
Date: 2008-01-15
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Kearns, Utah
United States
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Children adopted by Scott Francis

Scott Francis, a 41-year-old Northville, MI man, lived with his two adopted children despite a plea agreement that was supposed to stop him from having unsupervised contact with any child, after his previous conviction on two offenses of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct.

The registered sex offender was convicted of violating probation, and also was charged with new counts of sexual assault involving an adopted son. A judge's written order had failed to mention the plea agreement that forbade contact with any child, and a probation officer also admitted to failing to enforce the deal.

Date: 2003-08-26
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Northville, Michigan
United States
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Children adopted by Sylvia and Michael Wenger

Date: 2001-01-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes

Location

Chewelah, Washington
United States
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Children adopted by Thomas L. Bates

Five children adopted by Thomas L. Bates were sexually abused. Adoptive mother was not charged.
Date: 1991-09-21
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Southborough, Massachusetts
United States
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Children adopted by William J. Every and Sharon Every

2 of 14 special needs children adopted by Sharon and Bill Every were sexually abused by Mr. Every.
Date: 2005-08-03
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Henrietta, New York
United States
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Children adopted/fostered by Maurice Martinez

Oklahoma City police sergeant Maurice Martinez adopted 3 children and had 3 children in foster care (all boys), four of whom were allegedly sexually abused by their adoptive/foster father. Martinez also allegedly allowed his adopted children to physically abuse each other and never notified the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.
Police found photos and videos of his children being abused and homosexual pornography.

In addition, Martinez was also accused of intimidating witnesses from cooperating with police, conspired with a teenager to break into his home and steal evidence before police could seize it, and gave $400 to a victim to send him on a bus to Utah to obstruct the investigation.
Date: 2011-01-14
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Foster father, Adopted sibling, Foster sibling

Location

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
United States
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Children at Hamro Jivan orphanage

Henk Molhuysen, the Dutch national director of Hamro Jiven orphanage in Kathmandu was arrested when found having sex with 12 and 14 year old residents of the orphanage. He had been previous convicted of child rape in Spain.

Date: 2007-02-15
Placement type: Institution
Institution: Hamro Jivan orphanage
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Legal guardian

Location

Kathmandu, Bagmati
Nepal

Children at Kerelaw Residential School



Residential school in Scotland where "common assaults", "emotional abuse", neglect and poor practice were daily routine.
Date: 2004-06-18
Placement type: Institution
Institution: Kerelaw Residential School
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse, Non-lethal neglect
Abuser: Other non-family member

Location

Stevenston, North Ayrshire
United Kingdom

Children in care at the Christian Brothers at Bindoon

For decades migrant children from England were sent to Bindoon, Australia, where the were both physically and sexually abused by the Christian Brothers, running the orphanage.
Date:
Placement type: Institution
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Other non-family member

Location

Bindoon, Western Australia
Australia

Children in care of John Michael McGuigan

Adopted son and 3 foster children removed from the home after allegations of molestation of other children
John Michael McGuigan was also the foster home of Gabriel Myers until 3 weeks before Gabriel's suicide
Date: 2011-05-13
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Undetermined

Location

Margate, Florida
United States
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Children in care of Keith Lashbrook

11 children in care of Keith Lashbrook, at a Globe International orphanage called "In the Father’s Hands Children’s Home" in Port-de-Paix, Haiti, were allegedly sexually abused by their missionary care-givers. The children were adopted by American families who filed charges against Lashbrook and Globe International.
Date: 2010-03-01
Placement type: Institution
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Other non-family member

Location

Port-de-Paix, Nord-Ouest
Haiti

Children in care of the Sisters of Nazareth

For decades the Sisters of Nazareth ran institutions in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Australia. Abuse in these facilities was endemic.
Date:
Placement type: Institution
Institution: Sisters of Nazareth
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse, Non-lethal neglect, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Other non-family member

Location

United Kingdom

Children in foster care with Alberto Rodriguez

Over a 20-year time period Alberto Rodriguez, a pastor for children's ministry at Valley West Christian Center in Madera, CA, allegedly sexually abused children in foster care with him. At the time of his arrest he had 3 adopted and 7 foster children living in his home.
Date: 2010-10-18
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Foster father

Placement

Organizations: Valley Teen Ranch

Location

Madera, California
United States
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Children in foster care with Garry Prokopishin

Three children in foster care with Garry Prokopishin were allegedly offered money in exchange for sexual acts by their foster father. Garry Prokopishin was once honored as Foster Parent of the Year.
Date: 2010-02-04
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Foster father

Location

Calgery, Alberta
Canada
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Children in foster care with Jose and Juanita Miranda

3 boys and 2 girls were routinely beaten, drugged and sexually abused in the foster home of Juanita and Jose Miranda. The 6th child mentioned is a bio child. The children were forced to perform sexual acts with Jose and each other in a  padlocked room in the basement. Juanita had been arrested numerous times, jailed and had lost custody of her 2 bio children to California CPS prior to getting her Washington foster care license. At least 35 complaints over 7 years were submitted to Wash DSHS.

Foster father Jose Miranda confessed and was convicted of three counts of first-degree child rape, two counts of first-degree child molestation and two counts of third-degree assault of a child. He died in jail. Foster mother Juanita Miranda was never charged and died of a drug overdose.
Date: 2011-08-01
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Foster father, Foster mother

Location

Tacoma, Washington
United States
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Children in foster care with Leeds man

A Leeds UK father and son sexually abused and took pornographic pictures of  two young children in foster care of the father.

The father admitted a number of sex offences against children including four offences of rape of a child, two of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and one of making indecent images of a child. He was jailed for 10 years and eight months. The son pleaded guilty to four offences of sexual activity with a child, five of sexual assault of a child and two of making indecent photographs of a child. The son was given an indeterminate prison after a report into his behaviour stated that he had “uncontrollable urges” towards children.
Date: 2012-05-15
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse, Sexual exploitation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adopted sibling

Placement

Organizations: Leeds City Council Children's Services

Location

Leeds, West Yorkshire
United Kingdom

Children in foster care with Mark O'Brien

At least 2 children in foster care with Mark Daniel O'Brien allege they were molested. O'Brien was charged with sodomy, molestation, and possession of child pornography.
Date: 2012-01-31
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Foster father

Location

Republic, Missouri
United States
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Children in foster care with Mary Heath

An 8-year-old boy and a 9-year-old girl in foster care with their aunt Mary Heath and her boyfriend Sekoa Aiono were being locked up half naked in separate bathrooms, where they received little food. The children were regularly beaten and sexually abused.
Date: 2008-10-14
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse, Non-lethal neglect, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Foster father, Foster mother

Location

Eagle Mountain, Utah
United States
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Children in foster care with Rex Case

At least 3 of the 24 foster children in the care of Rex and Carol Case were sexually abused by Mr. Case. Including respite care and foreign students, Mr. Case claimed a total of 34 girls lived in their home over 35 years. 24 official foster care placement were recorded. The first report of abuse came in 1999, but children were still placed with the Cases until 2010.
Date: 2010-01-01
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Foster father

Placement

Organizations: Hampshire Social Services, Southampton Social Services,

Location

Bassett, Hampshire
United Kingdom

Children in foster care with Sharon Cramer

One of the foster children placed with Sharon Cramer was sexually abused by her son Michael. Sharon Cramer moved to another foster care agency afterwards, when 15-year-old Nathan Zavala was placed in her home. Nathan forced his younger foster  brothers to perform oral and anal sex on each other and forced one of the boys to have sex with a dog.
Date: 1996-00-00
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Foster sibling, Non-fostered sibling

Placement

Organizations: Jacob Family Services, Maple Star Colorado

Location

Larimer County, Colorado
United States
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Children in foster care with Stephan and Melody Erbacher

Five girls ages 13, 11, 10, 9 and 5, in foster care with Stepan and Melody Erbacher were allegedly sexually abused by their foster father. Stephan Erbacher committed suicide before he could be arrested. Justin Erbacher, the foster parents biological son was accused of sexual abuse too and was convicted in August 2008, five months the girls testified they had lied in court about the abuse at the hands of Justin.
Date: 2006-04-20
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Foster father

Location

Bakersfield, California
United States
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Children in Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children



children in orphanage were sexually abused for years by employees
Date: 2010-02-12
Placement type: Institution
Institution: Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Other non-family member

Location

Halifax, Nova Scotia
Canada
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Children living at Casa Pia de Lisboa



In 1981, Portuguese Judiciary Police accused the caretaker of a Casa Pia state-run children's home of raping dozens of children over a period of 30 years, and supplying children to several men of both Portuguese and other nationalities, including some prominent personalities of Portugal. At the time, Portuguese Judiciary Police had possession of photographs taken by one of four men accused sexually abusing young children. These pictures inexplicably disappeared from the police files and the case against the caretaker was dropped.

The scandal of alleged sexual abuse at the state-run Casa Pia orphanages resurfaced when several former orphanage children came forward with accusations of abuse. The accusations linked some politicians, diplomats, and media celebrities — all of whom were alleged to have conspired in a pedophilia ring that had operated for decades. The scandal broke in September 2002 when the mother of one alleged victim, known as Joel, complained of abuse by staff at a Casa Pia house.
Date: 1981-01-01
Placement type: Institution
Institution: Casa Pia de Lisboa
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse, Sexual exploitation
Abuser: Other non-family member

Location

Lisboa, Lisboa
Portugal

Children placed with Todd and Lisa Mortensen

12-year-old girl placed with Todd and Lisa Mortensen was sexually abused by her "foster father". The placement was a private arrangement with the adoptive family of the girl.

In 2004, Todd Mortensen was charged with 65 counts of criminal sexual penetration and 20 counts of criminal sexual contact against another girl placed with his family. All 85 counts were dismissed by the prosecutor in 2005 because the girl was deemed mentally unstable to testify.
Date: 2010-04-01
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Foster father
Home schooling: yes

Location

Farmington, New Mexico
United States
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Children residing at Tampa Bay Academy

At Tampa Bay Academy, a residential treatment center in Riverview, Fl. failed to protect its residents from sexually abusing one another. 54 children were removed and the center lost its license.
Date: 2008-12-17
Placement type: Adoption
Institution: Tampa Bay Academy
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Undetermined

Location

Riverview, Florida
United States
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Clare Robertson

At the time 10-year-old girl was sexually abused by her adoptive father, Peter Robertson. Thirty years later she pressed charges. Peter Robertson admitted the abuse and was given a two-year conditional discharge.
Date: 2008-07-21
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Lancaster, Lancashire
United Kingdom

Connre Dixon

11-year-old girl in foster care with Paul Efaw and his wife was stabbed with a knife. Connre was stabbed five times, lacerating her heart, a lung and her stomach. She died from her injuries. Allegedly Paul Efaw had sexually abused her.
Date: 2003-03-13
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Foster father

Placement

Organizations: Huron County Job and Family Services

Location

Ridgefield Township, Ohio
United States
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Daughters of Pastor in Ocala, Fl

Two adopted daughters of a pastor in Ocala or Gainesville, Fl were sexually abused by their adopter. The eldest has a child from the pastor.
Date: 2001-01-11
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Ocala, Florida
United States
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Dylan Farrow

Adopted by Woody Allen and Mia Farrow, Dylan was allegedly sexually abused at the hands of her adoptive father. Charges were eventually dropped to spare Dylan (at the time 7 years old) to testify in court. Woody Allen later started a relationship with Soon-Yi Previn, another adopted child of Mia Farrow.
Date: 1992-01-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

New York, New York
United States
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Elsa Garcia aka Esther Alice Combs

 

Elsa Garcia was taken from Baptist Children's Home in Valparaiso, IN by Baptist Minister Joseph and Evangeline Combs in 1978 at 4 months old. Raised as Esther Combs, she was never adopted, although believed she had been. She was sexually abused by Joseph  Combs and beaten by Evangeline. Mrs. Combs beat her with a baseball bat, burned her with a curling iron and pulled out chunks of her flesh with pliers, causing more than 400 scars on her body. She was beaten with a hose. She was treated as a family servant and did not attend school or homeschool.

The Combs were arrested in 1998. Joseph Combs was sentenced to 114 years in prison for kidnapping, rape, assault and perjury. Evangeline Combs was sentenced to 65 years for kidnapping and child abuse.

Date: 1978-01-01
Placement type: To be adopted
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse, Non-lethal deprivation, Economic exploitation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother, Adopted sibling
Home schooling: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Placement

Location

bristol, Tennessee
United States
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Five children adopted Bernie and Melissa Harmon

Five children were adopted by Bernie and Melissa Harmon, in 2008. The couple confined the children in an attic, barely fed them, hit them with a whip and kept them out of school. Bernie Harmon is also accused of child molestation.
Date:
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse, Non-lethal neglect, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes

Location

Taswell, Indiana
United States
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Five girls adopted by Scott and Drew Anne Hamrick

Scott and Drew Anne Hamrick adopted five girls from foster care while having three sons of their own. Four of the girls were sexually abused by their adoptive father, while three were physically abused by their adoptive mother. The girls were locked up and starved. The adoptive mother knew about the sexual abuse, but did nothing in response.

Scott Hamrick committed suicide soon after investigations started. Drew Anne pleaded guilty to witness tampering.
Date: 2011-06-30
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse, Non-lethal neglect, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Eatonville, Washington
United States
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Frances Smith and Christina Moore, foster daughters of Zion Dutro

Frances Smith and Christina Moore, foster children (bio nieces) of Zion and Glenda Lea Dutro were tortured and sexually abused for years by Zion Dutro. He also abused 4 biological daughters. Glenda Lea Dutro facilitated the abuse. Frances and Christina are shown 2nd and 3rd from the left.  Zion Dutro was a registered sex offender and on probation for a 1995 conviction for sexually abusing one of the 6 daughters. After his conviction, he returned to live with the family.The girls were homeschooled and the family attended a Pentecostal church. Dutros were attempting to adopt in Mexico when the adult daughters reported the abuse (again).
Date: 2009-01-01
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Foster father, Foster mother
Home schooling: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Location

Antioch, California
United States
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Girl adopted by a couple of Jurbise, Beligum

The six year-old blind girl was living with her adoptive parents, also blind. She was adopted in July 2005.
In May 2007, the adoptive father was placed under arrest warrant for indecent assault and technical rape. 
Date: 2007-05-30
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Jurbise, Hainaut
Belgium

Girl adopted by Acharya family

11-year-old girl who had been adopted by the Archarya family two years earlier, was systematically raped by the eldest son, Bishnu, and his relative Bedhari Bhattara. 
Date: 2007-03-11
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Non-adopted sibling, Other family member

Location

Kaski district
Nepal

Girl adopted by Ardee Verlon Tyler and Penny Sue Tyler


Girl adopted from Liberia in 2005 at age 8 along with 4 sisters was tied with a rope during the day and restrained in the basement at night because she lied and urinated on the floor. She was forced to spend the night outside in the cold on at least one occasion for stealing a cookie. She was sexually assaulted by her adoptive brother Ashton Malachi Tyler. Her adoptive sister Nathania Dellare (or Dellrae) Tyler is also accused of restraining her.

She was being adopted by another family when the abuse came to light. It is not clear if the other 4 girls were abused as well. 

Ardee Verlon Tyler and Penny Sue Tyler, were convicted of felony child abuse and received 10-year suspended prison sentences. Ashton Tyler plead no contest to rape by instrumentation of his 9-year-old adopted sister, and was sentenced to 2 years. 21-year-old Nathania Tyler a 90-day suspended sentence for assault and battery.

Further information on this case can be found at: weepnomore.org

Date: 2007-10-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother, Adopted sibling
Home schooling: yes

Homestudy

Organizations: Oklahoma Home Study
Persons: Erlene Logan

Location

Fairview, Oklahoma
United States
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Girl adopted by Christopher and Eva Pitzer

13-year-old girl adopted by Christopher and Eva Pitzer was encouraged to drink alcohol at a party in honor of her adoption and later raped by her adoptive father.
Date: 2007-04-00
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Haysville, Kansas
United States
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Girl adopted by couple in Calgary, Canada

A girl adopted by a Calgary couple was sexually abused by her adoptive father. The abuse started when the girl was 14 years old. The abuse lasted for more than two years, during which she became pregnant three times.
Date: 2008-06-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Calgary, Alberta
Canada
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Girl adopted by couple in Kent, UK

Girl adopted by couple in Kent, UK, was sexually and physically abused by her adoptive father.
Date: 2011-05-27
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Herne Bay, Kent
United Kingdom

Girl adopted by Cynthia Greenwood

12-year-old girls, adopted by Cynthia Greenwood was sexually abused by the biological son of her adoptive mother. Instead of informing authorities, Greenwood arranged an abortion for her adoptive daughter, to protect her son.
Date: 2011-04-14
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Non-adopted sibling

Location

Houston, Texas
United States
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Girl adopted by David and Holly Meyers

4 year old girl adopted as an infant in Russia was molested by her older brother from Romania adopted at age 7. The boy spent his first 2 years tied to an orphanage crib, and was beaten and molested at a state-run orphanage and foster homes. He repeatedly sexually assaulted his sister and threatened to kill her and their mother.
Date: 2003-01-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adopted sibling

Placement

Organizations: Uniting Families Foundation, (Romanian son placing agency)

Location

zeeland, Michigan
United States
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Girl adopted by David and Karen Gilmore

9-year-old girl adopted by David Charles Gilmore and his wife Karen, was sexually abused by her adoptive father. The Gilmore's had four biological children under the age of 10 and three children adopted from Russia. Gilmore was a music teacher and a former Friends (Quaker) youth pastor. Gilmore is serving 30 years.
Date: 2005-01-22
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Location

St Paul, Oregon
United States
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Girl adopted by David Karl and Jennifer Danser

Nine-year-old girl was sexually abused by her adoptive father David Karl Danser. He took sexually explicit photographs of her which he shared with a ring of child pornographers in the Bloomington, Indiana area, further consisting of Pirie Scott Cleveland, Charles Poole and Bill Platz. The arrest of these four eventually lead to the arrest of Eric Franklin Rosser, who became one of ten America's most wanted fugitive criminals.

David Karl Danser was convicted and sentenced to 370 months imprisonment and was ordered to pay his adoptive daughter restitution in the amount of $309,549.36. He currently stays at the Federal Correctional Institute in Petersburg, Virginia and is scheduled for release in 2025.
Date: 1999-03-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse, Sexual exploitation
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Bloomington, Indiana
United States
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Girl adopted by Dino Cardelli & Nancy Cardelli

Dino Cardelli, a pastor of a Calvary Chapel church is charged with repeatedly sexually molesting a 13, now 14 yo adopted daughter, as well as molesting a 2nd child, and beating 2 disabled children with a stick. In Jan 2010, his wife Nancy Cardelli learned of the sexual abuse of the 13 yo, confided in a friend, eventually separated from her husband and then commited suicide in March. She didn't report the abuse to the authorities.
Date: 2010-09-16
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Location

arcata, California
United States
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Girl adopted by Earl "Butch" Kimmerling and Saundra Kimmerling

After having fought a gay couple from adopting a girl, Earl Kimmerling was later found to have sexually molested her. Kimmerlings were the girls' foster parents who had 50 or more foster children before. Kimmerlings separated after the charges were filed, and the girl remains with Sandi Kimmerling. Kimmerlings attended Center of Faith Church (now Greenbriar Community Church) a pentacostal church.
Date: 1998-05-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Placement

Organizations: Indiana Department of Child Services, Madison County's Division of Family and Children
Persons: Bruce Stansberry

Location

Anderson, Indiana
United States
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Girl adopted by Earl and Tammy Steidl

8-year-old girl adopted by Earl and Tammy Steidl was sexually abused by her adoptive father, while being physically abused by her adoptive mother. Earl Steidl was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Date: 2003-06-00
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Medina, Ohio
United States
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Girl adopted by Eddy and Donna Whisenhunt

7-year-old girl adopted from China at 11 months, by  Eddy and Donna Whisenhunt, was sexually assaulted for 4 years by both her adoptive parents.

December 11, 2009, Eddy Tony Whisenhunt pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree child rape.
Donna Marie Whisenhunt also pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree child rape
Date: 2009-05-14
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Placement

Persons: John J Meske

Location

Lacey, Washington
United States
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Girl adopted by Edward Walter Smith

Quickly after she was adopted the sexual abuse started. She was 13 years old at the time. A year later she got pregnant and had a baby in 2000. In 2005 she made a report about the sexual abuse she had endured. Smith was arrested in Transylvania County in 2006 and later indicted. In 2008 he got a 124 year sentence.
Date: 2006-01-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Pisgah Forest, North Carolina
United States
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Girl adopted by Ellery and Krisi James

Over a period of 2 years the girl was sexually abused by the couple. As age 14 she reported the abuse to Children Youth and Families officials.
Date: 2006-05-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Los Lunas, New Mexico
United States
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Girl adopted by Gaithersburg MD couple

Girl adopted from Costa Rica was sexually abused by her adoptive father, who had previously sexually abused 3 bio daughters. Mother was unaware of the abuse The girl was adopted along with her brother from Costa Rica in 1981 when she was 11 and he was 9. Both children had been sexually abused in their original family. Sexual abuse started immediately after the adoption. The family also had 3 foster daughters who did not report being abused.
Father was convicted in the adopted daughter's case and 2 of the 3 bio daughters' cases. The 3rd bio daughter refused to testify.
Date: 1981-06-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Gaithersburg, Maryland
United States
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Girl adopted by Gerald Dale and Hope Snapp

15-year-old  girl is taken in by a man who works for a state agency charged with protecting children. He sexually assaults her on several occasions while she is living with him and his family and, after adopting her, impregnates her when she is 17.
Date: 2008-01-10
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Berkley, Michigan
United States
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Girl adopted by James Spellman and Delois Spellman

Girl whose mother died of cancer was adopted by relatives James and Delois Spellman. James raped her for 3 years starting at age 10 before she was removed from the home due to physical abuse scars. He had previously raped his 3 step-daughters who are now adults. Delois Spellman is alleged to have physically abused all 4 girls with items such as electric cords and metal rulers.
Date: 2007-01-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

smithfield, North Carolina
United States
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Girl adopted by Jerome Mitchell and Hermina Ibarra

4-year-old girl adopted by Jerome Mitchell and Hermina Ibarra was allegedly abused by the couple. There also appeared to be signs of sexual abuse.
Date: 2013-01-16
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Prescott, Arizona
United States
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Girl adopted by Jon Paul Reid

12-year-old girl adopted by Jon Paul Reid was sexually abused by her adoptive father. He also made her drink alcohol and smoke marijuana.

Reid was convicted to 52 years in prison.

Date: 2010-08-10
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Boone County, Missouri
United States
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Girl adopted by Jonathan Outlaw

A girl was sexually abused by her adopted father over 5 years. Jonathan Brett Outlaw is charged with 2 counts of sexual battery by a parent or custodian.
Date: 2012-08-13
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

brooksville, Florida
United States
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Girl adopted by Kenneth Lee Ashcraft

Despite having a string of child abuse complaints on file since the early 1980's, Kenneth Lee Ashcraft had been allowed to adopt a girl, whom he later on abused.
Date: 2008-07-08
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

New Miami, Ohio
United States
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Girl adopted by Laurence Jacobsen

8-year-old girl adopted from the Dominican Republic by Laurence Jacobsen was sexually abused. Jacobsen, a school teacher,  was at the time also accused of molesting at least five other girls and a boy.
Date: 1983-11-05
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Port St. Lucie, Florida
United States
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Girl adopted by Lynwood Elmer Vinum



5-year-old girl informally adopted by 72 year old man from the USA, living in Thailand. Mother had consented to the arrangement because Vinum was to pay for the girl's education and she was to be allowed contact. The girl had been in his care for 2 months during which he sexually abused her. Mr. Vinum had lived in Thailand for 20 years.
Date: 2008-07-18
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Moo Baan Rungland
Thailand

Girl adopted by man from Brazoria, Texas

14-year-old girl, adopted by a man from Brazoria, Texas, was sexually abused by her adoptive father.
Date: 2010-02-02
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Brazoria, Texas
United States
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Girl adopted by man in Bermuda

Girl adopted as a baby from 'a developing country' was sexually abused by her adoptive father for at least 2 years while she was 8 and 9 years old. The unnamed adoptive father, referred to as Mr. X, has a history of sexual assaults beginning in 1954.
He was sentenced to 4 years for sexual touching.
Date: 2013-01-24
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Bermuda

Girl adopted by Missouri couple

A married couple adopted two children, a boy and a girl, from Peru in October 1990 when both children were 3 months old. The father molested the girl during their 4 month stay in Peru and for at least 18 more months in the United States. The father had molested before as a teenager, similarly violating his then-3-year-old cousin.

After confessing to his clergyman in 1992, the father was charged and pleaded guilty to two counts of sodomy. The court gave him a suspended sentence, placed him on five years' probation and ordered mandatory counseling. The parents divorced.
Date: 1990-10-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Missouri
United States
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Girl adopted by Patrick Ryan Harrison

At the time 12-year-old girl, adopted by Patrick Ryan Harrison, was raped by her adoptive father.
Date: 2009-03-18
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Annapolis, Maryland
United States
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Girl adopted by Rajesh Sengar and Bebi Sengar

5-year-old girl adopted by Rajesh Sengar and Bebi Sengar was killed by her adoptive parents. Post mortem reports revealed the girl was sexually assaulted too.
Date: 2012-09-28
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Indore, Madhya Pradesh
India

Girl adopted by Renee and Scott Dean

17-year-old girl adopted from Zacapa, Guatemala by Renee and Scott Dean was sexually abused by her adoptive father. She was adopted along with 4 siblings in 2008.
Date: 2010-10-28
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Harlem City, Georgia
United States
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Girl adopted by Richard and Ann Stenfeldt

11 year old girl adopted at age 7 from Lithuania along with her 3 younger brothers in 1996 was allegedly repeatedly raped by her father. Outcome of the case is uncertain.
Date: 2000-04-06
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Placement

Location

Plainville, Massachusetts
United States
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Girl adopted by Richard Cook

14 year old girl adopted by Baptist minister Richard Cook and his wife Mary Cook was sexually abused by her adoptive father. There were 9 foster or adoptive children in the family who were originally from South Dakota and 1 bio child. More of the girls may have been abused. Cooks also used a wooden paddle to beat the children. Cooks  were missionaries in remote Ruby Alaska and the abuse was discovered after Cooks came to Fairbanks to get help for the girl who had attempted suicide.
Date: 1998-04-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Ruby, Alaska
United States
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Girl adopted by Silver Springs Shores couple

A girl adopted by her great aunt and her husband was sexually abuse from age 6 until age 16. The man was about 77 years old when the abuse started. He was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
Date: 2012-11-15
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Silver Springs Shores, Florida
United States
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Girl adopted by Snohomish couple

A girl, removed from a polygamous clan in Utah, was placed for adoption with a couple who moved from Utah to Snohomish, WA. The girl was subsequently sexually abused by her adoptive father. A female Bothell, WA therapist had advised the adoptive couple to start sleeping with the girl.
Date: 2012-01-21
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Everett, Washington
United States
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Girl adopted by Stacey Garrett Begay

A 16 year old girl adopted by Stacey Garrett Begay and his wife Terry D. Begay was sexually abused for months before being discovered by Mrs. Begay who fired shots at both her daughter and Stacey Begay. Stacey provided a written confession. Later he recanted and requested he be allowed to be free so “that I can keep on doing Jehovah’s will.” Begay is a Jehovah's Witness. Mrs. Begay was charged with perjury after Begay's conviction as she was not cooperative on the stand.
DNA proof showed that Stacey was the father of his adopted daughter's child.

Stacey Begay was found guilty of abuse in two separate trials.
Date: 2011-04-27
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Location

Tahlequah, Oklahoma
United States
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Girl adopted by Stephen Douglas James

12-year-old girls was sexually abused by her adoptive father. She was adopted with her three brothers by James and his wife, who home-schooled the children.
Date: 2001-12-04
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father
Home schooling: yes

Location

Bastrop county, Texas
United States
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Girl adopted by Steven Lynn Mouton

A Chinese girl was adopted for the purpose of sexual abuse and the production of child pornography by Steven Lynn Mouton.

Mouton was convicted for sexual abuse in 2006, later probation officers found pornographic images of the abuse during a home visit in 2007.

October 7, 2009, Steven Lynn Mouton was found guilty over the production of child pornography. Local press reporting the case didn't mention the adopted status of the girl involved. Mouton is believed to have been married at one time.
Date: 2006-01-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse, Sexual exploitation
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Boerne, Texas
United States
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Girl adopted by Ted and Merrily Ripley

circa 1983
12 year old blind girl adopted from Guatemala as an infant was sexually abused by an adopted sibling from Costa Rica. He was sentenced in to six months in a juvenile institution for taking indecent liberties with the girl. Charges of sexual abuse by her father Theadore E. Ripley were dropped.  Ripley's 30-year-old adopted German-born son, Kori, was charged with sexually assaulting the same girl in 1984,  unknown outcome.  The Ripley's adopted 18 children from Asia, Latin America, Germany, and the US.

Merrily Ripley operates a non-profit adoption agency, Adoption Advocates International. The children would have been primarily adopted through Holt prior to the founding of WACAP's Adoption Services in 1976 (which Ted and Merrily helped found and worked for from 1976 to 1983) or through WACAP. She founded AAI in 1983 and it appears the family was complete at that time.
Date: 1984-01-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adopted sibling

Post placement

Location

PORT ANGELES, Washington
United States
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Girl adopted by Wanda and Bobbie Holmes

Less than 17 year old girl adopted by Wanda and Bobbie Holmes was sexually abused by her 72 year old adoptive father with permission of her adoptive mother.
Date: 2003-08-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Roxana, Illinois
United States
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Girl adopted by woman in Ontario, Canada

A girl, adopted from Romania, by a woman from Ontario, Canada, was sexually abused by convicted pedophile Randolph “Randie” Bartley. The adoptive mother enabled the abuse.
Date: 2006-08-17
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse, Sexual exploitation
Abuser: Adoptive mother, Other non-family member

Location

Paris, Ontario
Canada
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Girl in care of David Kinghorn

David W Kinghorn was convicted of raping one of the girls in his home. David and Glenda Kinghorn had 2 bio children, adopted 4 children, then took custody of 8 or more children from disrupted adoptions, including Sasha Bignell from Ukraine. They moved from Minnesota to Arkansas when Minnesota CPS was investigating the situation. The 4 adopted children and possibly 3 more were originally from Louisiana.
Date: 2005-10-26
Placement type: Legal Guardianship
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Legal guardian
Home schooling: yes

Location

Mena, Arkansas
United States
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Girl in care of Vladimir Karpov

7 year girl from Ukraine was brought to the US by Delaware man in 1999 after her foster family in Ukraine agreed to the move. He abused her sexually for six years. In 2005 the girl's former Ukrainian foster family visited and the girl told about the abuse. Karpov, a Ukrainian native, fled and was eventually found in 2007 by Mantega, CA, police. He is charged with 50 counts of first-degree rape and one count of continuous sexual abuse of a child

This was an informal foster or adoption arrangement, and likely there was no homestudy,etc.
Date: 2007-07-07
Placement type: To be adopted
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Newark, Delaware
United States
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Girl in foster care abused by Randy Horton

Unpublished
7-year-old girl in foster care was sexually abused by Randy Horton, the boy friend of her foster mother.
Date: 2009-03-04
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Other non-family member

Location

Anderson, Indiana
United States
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Girl in foster care in New South Wales, Australia

Girl placed in foster care was sexually abused by nephew of foster father.
Date: 2005-01-01
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Other non-family member

Location

"Far North" part of NSW, New South Wales
Australia

Girl in foster care with Craig A. Niles

11-year-old girl in foster care with Craig Niles was sexually abused by him. Niles transmitted images of the assault over the internet. Much of the abuse occurred when Niles' wife, a 33-year-old woman from Thailand was away from home. She was not charged. There were other foster children in the home.
Date: 2008-11-16
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse, Sexual exploitation
Abuser: Foster father

Placement

Organizations: Dare Family Services

Location

West Stafford, Connecticut
United States
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Girl in foster care with David Richard Cosby and Terry Cosby

David Richard Cosby pled guilty to sexually abusing a 12 year old girl in his and Terry's foster home. David and his wife Terry were foster parents for special needs children for 15 years in California and Oregon. Terry Cosby was not involved in the abuse.
Date: 2010-10-06
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Foster father

Location

Rogue River, Oregon
United States
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Girl in foster care with Earl Desomber

Girl in foster care with Earl Mallory Desomber, was sexually abused by her foster father.
Date: 2010-02-19
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Foster father

Location

Petaluma, California
United States
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Girl in foster care with Jeff Allen Woodring

16-year-old girl in foster care with Jeff Allen Woodring was allegedly sexually molested (case still pending).
Date: 2006-05-01
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Foster father

Location

Golden Gate, Florida
United States
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Girl in foster care with Robert and Betty Clinton

3-year-old girl in foster care with Robert and Betty Clinton was sexually abused by her foster father, who took pictures of the assault. Robert Clinton was arrested for the possession of child pornography when the abuse was discovered.
Date: 2007-02-16
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Foster father

Location

Deltona, Florida
United States
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Girl in foster care with Robert Jackson and Janie Jackson

Two girls illegally brought from Guatemala to Florida by their bio father, were placed in foster care with Robert Jackson adn Janie jackson. Both were subjected to sexual abuse by Robert Jackson. The mother called the police when she found him on the girl, but after Jackson's arrest, Janie Jackson drove her to Miami and paid for her ticket to Guatemala, where the girl returned to live with her family... and would be unable to press charges.
Date: 2003-01-01
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Foster father

Placement

Organizations: Children's Network of Southwest Florida

Location

San Carlos Park, Florida
United States
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Girl in foster care with Shelby Lewis

12-year-old girl in foster care with Shelby Lewis, was, together with three other girls, taken across state lines for prostitution. Shelby Lewis was caught in an undercover investigation conducted by Metro police in Washington DC.
Date: 2009-09-01
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse, Sexual exploitation
Abuser: Foster father

Location

Temple Hills, Maryland
United States
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Girl in guardianship of James Matthew McDaniel-Webb

Thomas and Susan Denny adopted an 8 year girl J.D.  from foster care. After 4 years of struggles, they placed her at the Masonic Home for Children to provide the structured environment a therapist recommended. She was there 7 months. While at the Masonic Home, the girl met James Matthew McDaniel-Webb, an volunteer and benefactor of the home. On several occasions, McDaniel-Webb was allowed by the orphanage to take her on unsupervised visits to his home.

In Aug 2001, she entered McDaniel-Webb's custody.

In late Aug 2001, DHS visited his home to investigate after a physician said McDaniel-Webb inquired about castration to stop the inappropriate thoughts he had about minors. The case was closed as "unfounded" in Jan 2002.

In Nov the courts approved the custody arrangement. For close to 2 years, he sexually abused her and took pornographic photos of her. He was arrested on charges of statutory rape and child pornography.

Webb is in federal prison serving a sentence related to Internet pornography. Then he will begin a state sentence for sexually abusing the girl over the two years she lived with him.
Date: 2001-11-01
Placement type: Legal Guardianship
Institution: Masonic Home for Children at Oxford
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse, Sexual exploitation
Abuser: Legal guardian

Location

Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina
United States
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Girl in UK, forced to become pregnant

16-year-old girl in the United Kingdom was forced by adoptive mother to get pregnant through artificial insemination. The divorced adoptive mother wanted to adopt another (4th) child, but wasn't approved. She then resorted to forcing her adopted daughter to get pregnant. The exploitation started when the girl was 14. The older 2 girls were adopted from country x by the US born woman (but permanent UK resident) and her Irish husband. The third girl was adopted after the divorce from 'country y' later identified as Kazakhstan.
Date: 2013-04-28
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual exploitation
Abuser: Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes

Location

United Kingdom

Girls adopted and fostered by Joe David Lujan and wife

Joe Lujan, 59, was charged with sexual assault on his 15 year old recently adopted daughter as well as 3 and 7 year old former foster daughters. He was 40 years to life.His wife was not charged.
Date: 2004-11-06
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Placement

Organizations: Maple Star

Location

Denver, Colorado
United States
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Girls adopted by a Devon couple

Two girls adopted by a couple in the foothills of Dartmoor were sexually abused by their adoptive father. He was sentenced for 16 years.
Date: 2013-04-11
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

near Dartmoor, Devon
United Kingdom

Girls adopted by Eugene Richard Putnam and DoyAnne Putnam

Eugene Richard Putnam admitted he sexually molested four adopted daughters. Putnam also beat three of his adopted children with a plastic or rubber device.He also faces four counts of child abuse, one count of child neglect and one count of committing a lewd act with a child. Putnam’s charges were filed in March 2007, following a multijurisdictional investigation of the girls’ allegations of molestation and abuse. Mrs Putnam was charged with abuse and neglect.
Date: 2007-04-07
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse, Non-lethal neglect
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Porter, Oklahoma
United States
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Girls adopted by Flagstaff AZ man

12 and 15 year old girls allegedly molested by 51 year old adoptive father in Timberline subdivision of Flagstaff, Arizona.
Date: 2012-11-02
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

flagstaff, Arizona
United States
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Girls adopted by Gary McCoy

Three girl adopted from foster care by Gary Patrick McCoy were sexually abused by him. McCoy had adopted seven children. McCoy received three sentences between 17 year and 5 and months and 35 years and is currently incarcerated at Earnest C. Brooks Correctional Facility. McCoy had once received the foster parent of the year award.
Date: 2005-04-04
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Garden City, Michigan
United States
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Girls adopted by George Ogle

Two girls adopted in the mid-1980's were sexually abused by their adopter George Ogle, a known child molester, who had previously been convicted for the rape of two of his nieces.
Date: 1993-01-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Monroe County, West Virginia
United States
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Girls adopted by Henrique Cruz

Four girls adopted by Henrique Cruz, were sexually abused for more than six years by their adoptive father.
Date: 2010-12-22
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Lubbock, Texas
United States
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Girls adopted by Hickory Hill couple

4 girls adopted by a Hickory Hill (Memphis) Tennessee family were raped by their adoptive father over 12 years. Their adoptive mother was aware of at least one incident and did nothing.

The father is charged with 14 crimes including rape and rape of a child. The mother is charged with trying to obstruct the report.
Date: 2012-10-19
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Hickory Hill, Tennessee
United States
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Girls adopted by Jason Hignight

Two girls ages 16 and 12, adopted by Jason Wesley Hignight and his wife Carly, were allegedly sexually abused by their adopted father. The girls were adopted from foster care three years before.
Date: 2011-01-18
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Lubbock, Texas
United States
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Girls adopted by Jessica Banks

Five girls adopted by Jessica Banks were beaten daily, fed spoiled food and hidden in a garage. Banks, a pastor of the Word of Life Apostolic Church, was sentenced to life in prison.
Date: 2005-05-09
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse, Non-lethal neglect, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Placement

Organizations: Children's Way, San Bernadino

Location

Moreno Valley, California
United States
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Girls adopted by John and Alicia Bryan

The same day he resigned amid a criminal investigation into whether he sexually abused two of his adopted daughters and a nanny, St Petersburg, Fl, City Councilman, John Bryan committed suicide. The Byrans were separated and considering divorce when he killed himself. There had been rumors for 20 years of sexual indiscretions and pedophilia.
Date: 2007-09-05
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

St Petersburg, Florida
United States
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Girls adopted by John Henry Thomas and Carol Ann Thomas

John Henry Thomas  was accused of raping one of the older girls and physically abusing the others beginning in 2003. His wife, Carol Ann, was charged with failing to protect the children from her husband.

Court documents state that one of the six children reported she was punched in the stomach until she vomited. Others said they were beaten with a tree limb, a cast-iron frying pan and a table leg, documents state. In other instances, one child said she was forced to stand barefoot on a hot radiator, and another child was forced to drink the Thomases' urine, according to police, who said John Thomas also sexually abused a teenage daughter. The children also said they were forced to go without food and sit and watch others eat for days and forced to hit other children in the household, according to police. Some of the children had scars from the incidents, police said.

John Henry Thomas pleaded no contest to sexual assault and unlawful contact with minors - his adopted children. Carol Thomas pleaded no contest to charges she failed to protect the children from her husband.
Date: 2008-10-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse, Non-lethal neglect
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Location

West Manchester Township, Pennsylvania
United States
See map: Google Maps

Girls adopted by Juan Rodenas and his wife.

Two girls under fourteen were sexually abused by their adoptive father who filmed the assault. The Rodenas had seven children, two of whom were adopted. Mr. Rodenas computer also included photos of abuse of a 7-year-old girl believed to be a relative in Guatemala.
Date: 2008-06-17
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse, Sexual exploitation
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Las Vegas, Nevada
United States
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Girls adopted by Lon and DeAnna Kennard

2 (or more) girls from Ethiopia, adopted by Lon and DeAnna Kennard in the 1994 and 1995, were sexually abused by their adoptive father. Kennards adopted 4 girls and 2 boys from Ethiopia and had 5 older living bio children. Lon also sexually abused at least one of his bio daughters.

The Kennards were founders of the charity/adoption facilitator Village of Hope. At the time the abuse started Lon Harvey Kennard, Sr was Bishop of the LDS Church.
DeAnna B Kennard filed for divorce three days after Lon Harvey Kennard, Sr. was charged. Lon plead guilty to aggravated sex abuse of a child.
Date: 2010-03-22
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Location

Heber City, Utah
United States
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Girls adopted by Michael A. Paulin and wife

2 Marshall Island girls, 12 and 8, adopted by the Paulins were alleged sexually abused by Mr. Paulin. Outcome of the case is unknown
Date: 1998-01-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Greenwood, South Carolina
United States
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Girls adopted by Patricia Harris

Patricia Harris, 54 year-old woman, pleaded guilty to second-degree sodomy and first-degree sexual abuse of her three children ages 5, 6, and 8 whom she adopted in April 2006 after serving as their foster parent.
Date: 2007-08-17
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Placement

Organizations: Kentucky Children's Services

Location

Danville, Kentucky
United States
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Girls adopted by Stephen L. and Melina Ann McPherson

Three girls living at Hope Haven Children's Home were sexually abused by Stephen L. McPherson and Melina Ann McPherson, while working as house parent supervisors. The couple later adopted the girls.
Date: 2009-01-27
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Location

Virginia Beach, Virginia
United States
See map: Google Maps

Girls in care of Don and Beverly Copley

3 sisters were placed in foster care or guardianship of Don Copley and Beverly K. Copley after the oldest sister was raped by the girls' father Kenneth Copley. Don D. Copley is Kenneth's brother and the girl's uncle. The girls were aged 13, 7 and 6 when placed with the Copleys in 1991.Sexual abuse of the 3 girls began almost immediately and continued for many years. Foster mother Beverly Copley, aka Doris Copley, was aware of the abuse. Charges were brought in 2012 when it appears another family victim was being abused.

Don Dallas Copley pleaded guilty to 15 counts of rape for the 3 sisters and was sentenced to 60 years. Beverly's case is pending.
Date: 2012-02-28
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Foster father, Foster mother

Placement

Organizations: Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Lawrence County Children's Services

Location

proctorville, Ohio
United States
See map: Google Maps

Girls in care of Jeffrey Caldwell at the Sacramento County Assessment Center

A 15-year-old and a 16-year-old girl, while at the Sacramento County Assessment Center, were sexually molested by Jeffrey Caldwell, a worker at the group home.
Date: 2009-05-08
Placement type: Institution
Institution: Sacramento County Assessment Center
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Other non-family member

Location

Sacramento, California
United States
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Girls in foster care with Brian and Antonia Starmer

Three girls, aged  12, 11 and 8, in foster care with Brian and Antonia Starmer, were sexually abused by their foster father.
Date: 2005-12-22
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Foster father

Location

Oldsmar, Florida
United States
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Girls in foster care with Patrick Lee Casey and his wife

Two girls in foster care with Patrick Lee Casey and his wife were sexually abused by their foster father. two girls, who were ages 3 and 4 when the abuse started, were repeatedly abused from 1997 to 2008.
Date: 2009-04-01
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Foster father

Location

Clifton, Colorado
United States
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Girls in foster care with Ted A. Klaudt

Two girls in foster care with Ted A. Klaudt, a member of the South Dakota House of Representative, were raped and sexually exploited.
Date: 2007-05-19
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse, Sexual exploitation
Abuser: Foster father

Location

Walker, South Dakota
United States
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Haut de la Garenne



Children's home on the island of Jersey where allegedly large scale child abuse took place. Investigation are still ongoing. United Kingdom MP John Hemming and Jersey Senator Stuart Syvret both believe Jersey authorities are involved in an effort to cover up. So far 160 people have come forward with claims of abuse.
Date: 2005-11-01
Placement type: Institution
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Undetermined

Location

Saint Martin, Jersey
United Kingdom

Helen Gillin

Helen Gillin, the 25 year old, mentally retarded, adopted daughter of James and Roberta Gillin, was stomped to death and her body was burned in a backyard fire pit in 1992.

Roberta Gillin made her adopted daughter drink a mixture of bleach and heart medication after finding out her husband was having sex with Helen.When Helen started to vomit, James stomped her to death. The couple dumped the body into a fire pit in the back yard of their Bear Rocks home, about 50 miles south of Pittsburgh. The body was then doused with gasoline and set on fire.

Date: 1992-01-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Bear Rocks, Pennsylvania
United States
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Holly and Nicole (O'Connor) Cooke

Holly, 15 and Nicole, 14, adopted as infants in Korea, were shot to death by their adoptive father James Cooke because they were going to report James was sexually abusing the girls. The girls were originally adopted by  Lois and Tom O'Connor, after they divorced Lois married Jame Cooke and he adopted the girls. James taped a phone call made by Lois explaining she and the girls were going to report the sexual abuse formally on Monday. James killed Lois, Holly, Nicole, and then shot himself.
Date: 1994-09-27
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Racine, Minnesota
United States
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Illegally adopted child of Arab Emirat Couple

53-year-old UAE national A.S. was yesterday sentenced to eight years in jail for molesting his illegally adopted minor daughter repeatedly and for misrepresentation of facts to obtain her birth certificate. His wife, M.K., 30, was awarded a three-year jail term for helping him to obtain the certificate. A.S. said "I am a God-fearing Muslim and a haj"

The child's Iranian biological mother, M.A., 30, and an Emirati housewife, M.B., 30, who mediated between the couple and the Iranian, were sentenced to five years in jail followed by deportation for helping A.S. to get the birth certificate.
Date: 2007-07-12
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Dubai
United Arab Emirates

Jackie Zudis (Thi My Lan Nguyen)

Thi My Lan Nguyen, a 5 year old girl from Vietnam brought to the US by Vietnam veteran, George Joseph England in 1972, was molested for 11 years by her father. After he was convicted in 1977 of molesting 3 of her playmates, he jumped bail, took the girl and assumed a different identity (Stephen Arthur Seagoe). England was caught in Florida in 2005.

England took the girl to Thailand, India and Japan before entering the US. It is not clear if he adopted her in another country prior to entering the US, or how he was able to bring her into the country. He told co workers she was his adopted daughter and that he homeschooled her.

Date: 1977-01-01
Placement type: To be adopted
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father
Home schooling: yes

Location

orange county, California
United States
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Jaclyn N.

Girl (age unknown) was sexually and physically abused by her adoptive father and his son. The adoptive mother, Glenda N., failed to protect the girl.

As a result Glenda N. informed authorities that she no longer wanted Jaclyn in her home due to the possible risk she believed Jaclyn posed to her younger sibling as well as Glenda's unborn child.
Date: 2010-09-20
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Non-adopted sibling

Location

California
United States
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Jennifer Haynes

Jennifer Haynes was born in India in 1981. At age 8 she was moved to America by her adopters Edward and Melissa Hancox. Edward sexually abused her. She moved through almost 50 foster home. Since her naturalization never took place, she was deported in July 2008.
Date: 1989-11-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Facilitators

Organizations: Kuan-Yin Foundation

Location

Place unknown, Michigan
United States
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Karamjeet Kaur Singh

Adopted by her uncle and aunt, Joginder Singh and Darshan Kaur Bains after her mother had died. At age eight sexual abuse started and lasted for over a decade. She was subjected to oral and anal sex, apart from beatings. To prevent pregnancy when she reached puberty, the couple had an IUD inserted. Joginder Singh was a Sikh priest
Karamjeet Kaur Singh is known as Vicky Waters since her marriage.
Date: 1965-00-00
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Fraser Valley, British Columbia
Canada
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Kelly Pope

In 1979, when Kelly was three years old, she was placed in foster care with Lester and Nancy Pope. One year later, Lester Pope, a  professor at the University of Missouri, began sexually molesting Kelly. Lester and Nancy Pope adopted Kelly in 1981, and the sexual abuse continued until 1989, when Kelly was thirteen years old.

In 1988, Nancy Pope discovered evidence of the abuse and questioned Kelly. Kelly told her adoptive mother that Lester had been molesting her. Nancy Pope arranged a meeting with her psychologist, Dr. Strnad, and his business partner, Dr. Joel Ray, to discuss the accusation.

During this meeting, Ms. Pope disclosed to Dr. Strnad her belief her husband was sexually abusing Kelly, but asked Dr. Strnad not to report the sexual abuse to anyone. Dr. Strnad agreed. Dr. Strnad also agreed to begin counseling Lester.

After the meeting, Nancy Pope confronted her husband about the abuse. Lester Pope admitted he had sexually abused Kelly and agreed to counseling with Dr. Strnad. Mr. Pope attended counseling with Dr. Strnad and again confessed he had sexually abused Kelly. Lester Pope quit therapy after four more sessions and the abuse of Kelly continued.

Lester Pope was eventually arrested and plead guilty to one count of sodomy. He was sentenced to nine years, of which he ended up serving about five years.

Litigation over the compensation in this case continues to this day.
Date: 1988-01-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Columbia, Missouri
United States
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Keri Ponce

Between the ages of 6 months and 6 years old she was sexually abused by her adoptive father Luis Ponce, Jr, who filmed the abuse. Almost two decades later, after he was convicted of 16 counts of molestation for abusing two girls under the age of 3, Keri Ponce filed a civil suit against him, which she won. Ponce and his first wife, (Keri's mother), ran a foster-care facility. The mother was not charged.
Date: 2006-02-09
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Berkeley, California
United States
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Mark Robinson

18-year-old boy placed in foster care was sexually abused. No back ground checks had been performed which would have revealed imminent danger.
Date: 2009-06-03
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Foster father

Placement

Organizations: Life Without Barriers

Location

New South Wales
Australia

Masha Allen (Mariya Nikolaevna Yashenkova)



Masha Allen was adopted  in 1998 at the age of 5 from Novoshakhtinsk, Rostov, Russia into the US by a single male pedophile, Matthew Mancuso. Masha was sexually abused for five years and also became the subject of child pornography. In 2006 she testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committy. In 2008 the news broke that abuse supposedly had again taken place by Faith Allen/Lynn Ginn, the woman who had adopted her immediately after Masha's "rescue" from Mancuso.
Date: 2003-05-27
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse, Sexual exploitation
Abuser: Adoptive father

Facilitators

Organizations: TJS (Dymtchenko's company)

Location

Plum, Pennsylvania
United States
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Matt Sandusky

Matt was adopted by Jerry and Dorothy Sandusky, and was sexually abused by his adoptive father.
Date: 2012-06-26
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

State College, Pennsylvania
United States
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Melissa Crossland

Girl adopted by Gary Keith Vaughan was sexually abused by her adoptive father from age 10 until just before her 19th birthday. In 1998, Vaughan was convicted to two life terms, but was granted a new trial because of an incompetent lawyer, and eventually spent about 20 months in custody.

In June 2011, Vaughan was found guilty sexually molesting three of his step children while living in Hawaii.
Date: 1998-01-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Booneville, Arkansas
United States
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Monica Fabregas

13 year old girl adopted by Enrique Fabregas, a known drug abuser, who sexually abused her for years.  Enrique had been a boyfriend of Monica's bio mother at one time, but was not at the time of the adoption. Fabregas was also foster parent of Ruth and Estera Tamas. Despite numerous complaints over a ten year period no measures were taken. When finally Ruth and Estera filed complaints, they were taken out of the house, but it still took a year and a half before Monica was removed from Fabregas' house.
Date: 2006-06-07
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Redmond, Washington
United States
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Nicholas Rhea Hoffert and Gary Hoffert (Twins); and Girl adopted by David and Lynn Giddens

Three-month-old boy about to be adopted with his twin brother by David Michael Giddens and his wife Latresa Lynette "Lynn" Giddens (aka Lynn Williams), died shortly after he was struck by his stay-at-home foster dad, David. Giddens had had Multiple Sclerosis and was the primary care-giver. David was sentenced to two life terms. NIcholas' twin brother Gary was also found to have seven fractured ribs, two fractured lower leg bones and a fractured upper leg bone.

The 9 year old adopted daughter of David & Lynn reported sexual abuse while she was in temporary foster care. The daughter has special needs, and was expected to be placed with an aunt until Lynn was cleared of any wrongdoing. Latresa/Lynn filed for divorce after Nicholas death.
Date: 2006-02-10
Placement type: To be adopted
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Cleburne, Texas
United States
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Nikolina Stoyanova aka Nicole Kuchler


Nikolina, adopted from Bulgaria in 1993 at age 4, was sexually abused by her adoptive father, (John Harold Kuchler aka John J Kuchler Jr. aka Justin M. Smith), with the assistance of her adoptive mother, (Janis Kuchler).
The abuse started when she was 10 and continued about 3 years until 2002 when she was removed from their care.
On April 20, 2012, she killed herself by swallowing an item handed to her by a careless nurse in a State Hospital.
Date: 2002-01-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Placement

Location

Pendleton, Oregon
United States
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Primary school-aged foster girl in Newcastle, Australia

A primary school-aged foster girl is raped by an employee of Family and Community Services, whose job it was to protect her.
Date: 2012-11-23
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Other non-family member

Location

Newcastle, New South Wales
Australia

Siblings of Rolin Allison Jr.

Rolin Allison Jr. sexually abused four younger adopted siblings in his parent's home over a 13 year period. Rolin Allison (believed to be a bio son of the adoptive parents), was in his 20's at the time, his abuse victims were both girls and boys ages 4 to 16.

Allison was sentenced to 25 years.
Date: 2011-11-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Non-adopted sibling

Location

North Pole, Alaska
United States
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Teenage foster girl in Newcastle NSW

A teen-aged girl in New South Wales Australia was sexually abuse by her 65 year old foster father.
Date: 2012-11-30
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Foster father

Location

Newcastle, New South Wales
Australia

Ten year old girl in Newcastle

A ten year old girl in foster care in Newcastle NSW reported she was indecently assaulted by her 57 year old foster father. He was charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault.
Date: 2013-11-23
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Foster father

Location

Newcastle, New South Wales
Australia

Two girls adopted by English couple, "loaned" to pedophiles

Two girls were sexually abused by their adoptive father for 6 years. The girls were "loaned" to pedophiles Colin Molloy and Samuel Nelson with the adoptive mother's full knowledge.
Date: 2010-08-18
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse, Sexual exploitation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Placement

Organizations: Manchester Social Services

Location

Sale, Manchester
United Kingdom

Two girls adopted by John and Roseanne Kincheloe

John and Roseanne Kincheloe adopted two girls from foster care. John Kimcheloe allegedly forced one of the girls to perform oral sex on him, while Roseanne Kincheloe allegedly hit one of the girls with a broom and strangled her in the bathroom and asked her if she wanted to live or die.
Date: 2011-01-04
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Placement

Location

Eleva, Wisconsin
United States
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Two girls adopted in Fosses-la-Ville, Belgium

The two girls in the family of Fosses-la-Ville at 7 and 8 . Their adoptive father began to abuse them when they were about 12 years. For almost six years, the girls are silent, keeping their big secret to themselves. At 17 and 18, they confided in their friends who reported the facts to the police. Their father partially admitted having acted not in an appropriate way, and not in a very respectful to his adopted children and their teenage intimacy but he denied any rape and touching. After his interrogation, he was placed under arrest warrant of count of indictment for rape.
Date: 2007-09-14
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Fosses-la-Ville, Namur
Belgium

Vanessa Pearce


Vanessa Pearce born in India, stolen as a 4 year old, was adopted by a Canadian family at age 8 in 1978. She was sexually abused by her adoptive father. At age 14 she was removed from the family. She was later sexually abused in foster homes.
See also The horrifying story of Vanessa Pearce
Date: 1984-01-01
Placement type: Adoption
Institution: Holy Angels Convent, Trivandrum, Kerala
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Placement

Organizations: Kuan-Yin Foundation
Persons: Clarice D'Souza

Location

Nelson, British Columbia
Canada
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Xenia - girl adopted by Mary and Michael Grismore

15-year old Girl, adopted from Kemerovo, Russia by Mary and Michael Grismore was sexually abused by her adoptive father. Xenia was originally adoped by Marta-Annette Blanford. Eight years later, without explanations, she was placed with her adoptive mother's sister, Mary Blanford. A year later, Mary Blanford's husband Michael Grismore was arrested for sexual abuse. Xenia or Ksenia Dmitrievna Antonova
Date: 2010-01-01
Placement type: Adoption
Institution: Novokuznetsk, Kemerovo
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Canton, Georgia
United States
See map: Google Maps

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