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Oregon DHS reaches $15M settlement in foster child sex abuse lawsuit

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The Oregon Department of Human Services reached a $15 million settlement in a civil lawsuit filed by nine former foster children of a man who admitted to sexually abusing the children.

The abuse came to light in April 2011, when a three-year-old told her foster parents that her previous foster father, James Mooney, had sexually abused her.

According to DHS, Mooney admitted to abusing the then three-year-old and other children. He was sentenced to fifty years in prison.

DHS Interim Director Gene Evans said in a statement Tuesday that upon later investigation of the Mooney case, DHS discovered errors regarding Mooney’s foster parent certification and subsequent recertifications in 2008 and 2010.

Evans said the DHS are taking responsibly for the actions committed against the children.

“DHS knows, understands and admits responsibility for the damages suffered by these innocent victims,” he said. “The settlement reflects the agency’s accountability for failing to ensure the safety of these children in its care.”

Governor Kate Brown has commissioned a third-party review of the agency after several recent situations prompted her to fire the top DHS administrator in November. 

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