Tuesday, March 1, 2005

Yet Another Foster Parent Who "Loves" Children...

Updated: Thursday, February 24, 2005 9:30 AM EST

Man charged with abusing foster child

Staff report

The Claiborne County Sheriff's Department arrested a Cumberland Gap, Tenn., man last week on charges that he sexually abused a foster child.

Ben Kenneth West, 54, is charged with two counts of aggravated sexual battery stemming from allegedly having unlawful sexual contact with a 9-year-old girl who had been placed in West's home through the foster-care system.

He was arraigned by Judge Robert Estep last week and bail was set at $250,000 pending a hearing at Claiborne County General Sessions Court on Friday.

The Tennessee Department of Children's Services Special Investigation Unit assisted the Sheriff's Department in the investigation.

Claiborne County Sheriff's Department Detective Bill Davidson is in charge of the investigation.

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