Months after news broke that the Department of Child Safety placed a foster
child in a home with a convicted, registered sex offender, Robert Pastor
and Tiffani Lucero filed a lawsuit against the State of Arizona. The suit,
which also names several employees within the Department of Child Safety,
alleges gross negligence for their actions.
Robert Pastor, of Montoya, Lucero & Pastor, P.A., who is representing
the child-victim said, "Although it's a civil suit for negligence,
they're still libel also under the criminal statutes that would normally
charge people with child abuse or neglect."
According to Pastor, the then 7-year-old foster child was placed in a home
where Jose Egurrola, a registered sex offender, was on the record as living.
The lawsuit says that the DCS failed to conduct an investigation of the
foster home, including checking the state’s sex offender registry.
"Just like a parent, the State of Arizona had a responsibility to
protect this child to make sure that she was safe"
The child was molested by the sex offender.
The Department of Child Safety says it runs a background check on every
adult who lives in a home before they approve foster placement.
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