$7.6M Settlement Reached in Tacoma Child Abuse Case

$7.6M Settlement Reached in Tacoma Child Abuse Case

A settlement was recently reached in Tacoma, WA, involving the child abuse suit brought against a foster father.

The Tacoma City Council members reportedly approved the settlement and after a Key Peninsula foster father was found guilty.

Father Accused of Abuse

The original lawsuit was reportedly filed by a legal guardian of the eight children in Ronald Young’s custody.

The suit named the state Department of Social and Health Services for failing to properly screen Young and monitor the children.

In 2003, investigators for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children discovered explicit photos on the internet stemming from Tacoma that were uploaded by someone using the name “fosterdad”.

Months later an investigation was launched and Young was arrested.

Lawsuit Details

In 2006, the cities of Tacoma and Seattle were also added as defendants for failing to quickly act on reports of sexual abuse involving the children.

The lesson we have to learn is that we always have to be vigilant about children, and this underscores it,” says City Attorney, Elizabeth Pauli.

(Source: The News Tribune)

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