Tuesday, March 8, 2005

Not A Day Goes By Without...

Foster care provider charged with sexual assault

By Gretchen Fowler
Publication Date: 03/08/05

BURWELL -- A rural Garfield County foster care provider was charged today with third-degree sexual assault and sexual assault on a child in connection with incidents involving children in his care.

A press release issued by Garfield County Attorney Dale Crandall today gave the following information:

The charges filed in Garfield County Court against Merlyn Ray Williams, 57, are in connection with separate incidents involving at least two foster children entrusted to his care. Details of the alleged abuse are not being released at this time.

Williams and his wife, Colene, operate a foster home in rural Garfield County, and at the time of the alleged offenses, nine children lived in the Williams home.

Read the rest of this sad -- but all too common -- tale here.

And, in another part of the country:

Posted on Tue, Mar. 08, 2005

Former child welfare worker sues Erie County officials

Associated Press

A former child welfare worker sued four county officials, claiming they forced her to resign because she reported suspected wrongdoing.

Abby Conley, a former Erie County Office of Children and Youth aide, said in her federal lawsuit that she testified in July at a county child welfare hearing that her supervisor had altered court documents. Conley also told supervisors that she had witnessed a caseworker shake a 3-year-old foster child, according to her lawsuit.

Less than two months after her testimony, according to Conley's lawsuit, county officials told her to resign or they would challenge her application for unemployment benefits. The officials also told Conley the county would prosecute her if she did not resign, the lawsuit said.

You'll find the rest here.

Until Next Time...

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