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Thu Jun 27, 2013, 02:36 PM

Abused Kids Sue Oregon for $100 Million

Abused Kids Sue Oregon for $100 Million

PORTLAND, Ore. (CN) - Oregon paid a young couple to foster 50 newborns and toddlers between 2007 and 2011, and the husband admitted he molested at least nine of them, the children claim in state and federal court.

James Earl Mooney was sentenced in 2012 to 50 years in prison after pleading guilty to five counts of first-degree sodomy. His wife, who is not a party to the lawsuits, divorced him and did not face prosecution.

The Mooneys were 22-year-old newlyweds without children when they started the two-month process to become foster parents, according to the lawsuits, filed on behalf of the same nine children in Multnomah County Court and Federal Court.

The couple requested "medically fragile" newborns, infants and toddlers, since the department pays foster parents more for their care than for children without special needs.

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But caseworkers "ignored these ongoing and escalating physical signs and symptoms," the complaints state.

On April 29, 2011, a little girl who had left the Mooney's home in February 2011 told a prospective Idaho adoptive parent that "defendant Mooney had inserted his penis in A.G.'s mouth when they were in the shower and that it tasted awful," the complaint state.

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"On May 15, 2011, defendant Mooney was interviewed by Salem Police Department Detective Staples regarding A.G.'s statement. Defendant Mooney told him that his penis made brief, accidental contact with A.G.'s hand and/or mouth while the two were showering together," the complaints state.

http://www.courthousenews.com/2013/06/27/58880.htm

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