Courant.com reports that a Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) social worker failed to report a “more extreme” sexual abuse claim made against a “gay” married couple, George Harasz and Douglas Wirth, by their adopted son. Once investigators learned of the claim, the social worker was asked pointedly why she had failed to report it. Her response, saying that she thought it was “part and parcel,” indicates that she brushed it off. After this came to light, the DCF commissioner “revealed,” the report says, even more claims of sexual abuse.
Is this a case of social workers protecting pedophiles whom they allowed to adopt nine boys? You decide.
The new allegations of abuse revealed in the pre-sentence investigation are “dramatically different and more extreme,” the judge said.
“[The son said] he has scars from being held down and raped and that those injuries were inflicted by a weapon,” Zagaja said, quoting the report.
Alexander also had pointed questions for a state Department of Children and Families lawyer. She asked why a DCF social worker, who accompanied the victim to the interview with a probation officer, heard the new allegation of sexual assault and did not report it to law enforcement. State law requires DCF officials to report such allegations to law enforcement within 12 hours, she noted.
Matthew LaRock, a DCF attorney who was in court Friday, responded that the DCF worker thought the allegation was part and parcel of the criminal case pending against Wirth and Harasz.
Alexander called the response “disingenuous.”
The victim noted in the interview that he had never told investigators about the incident, the judge said. “How could that be interpreted as part and parcel,” she asked.
Later, DCF Commissioner Joette Katz, who was also in court, said the new allegation would immediately be referred for investigation. She also revealed that three of five younger children the couple adopted have alleged abuse by Wirth and Harasz to counselors.
It gets worse. The two men had already agreed to plead guilty to lesser charges of sexual abuse before these new claims came to light, but the children making the claims are being dragged through the mud.
Russell Wirth described his son and Harasz as “loving, dedicated parents” who were destroyed by the false allegations of the children they sought to help.
“Take responsibility for your actions,” he said to the three older brothers aligned against Wirth and Harasz. “You know the truth. The truth will set you free.”
[Defense attorney] Santos said there are school reports that outline lying by the accusers and hallucinations on the part of one.
Dwyer, the attorney for Wirth, said that at a trial witnesses, including therapists, would undercut the allegations the brothers have made against Wirth and Harasz.
As if that were not enough, it seems DCF may have violated state law in allowing these two men to adopt nine children. Wirth has two biological children. That is a total of eleven children, but according to DCF’s website, a maximum of six children are allowed to be in the home of adoptive parents. Courant.com reports that the judge made note of this.
The judge also noted that DCF also departed from its own rules in allowing Wirth and Harasz to adopt so many children. Twice, the couple was granted waivers to adopt more children, she noted.
I think this post is the hardest one I’ve ever had to write in over four years of blogging. I don’t know what to say beyond what I posted above.