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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DocumentDatesort icon
Letter to the Editor from Merrily Ripley1990-02-04
LAWYER CLEARED OF MOLESTING BLIND GIRL; PROSECUTOR DROPS CHARGES AND THE 'NIGHTMARE' ENDS 1989-06-17
SPOKANE JURORS TO HEAR PORT ANGELES LAWYER'S RAPE CASE 1989-04-01
RIPLEY ADOPTION LICENSE IS RESTORED 1989-02-28
SEX ALLEGATION PUZZLES LAWYER'S ACQUAINTANCES 1989-02-21
ADOPTION AGENCY'S LICENSE LIFTED 1989-02-16
CHILDREN WILL REMAIN IN HOME OF ACCUSED 1989-02-12
PLEA TO REMOVE KIDS FAILS; JUDGE RULES THEY STAY WITH ACCUSED LAWYER 1989-02-11
Lawyer Is Charged In Sex-Abuse Case1989-02-10
PROTECTIVE RULING SOUGHT IN CHILD ABUSE CASE1989-02-10
LAWYER FACES CHARGE OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE 1989-02-09
Ripleys of Port Angeles are one of the examples chosen by Norman Vincent Peale's new book1988-12-22
From non-adoptable to adorable1976-11-21
Adoption program scheduled1971-04-18
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