State Chastised by Judge for Allowing Sex Offender to 'Freely Roam'

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. - A southeastern Kentucky judge has blasted the state for repeatedly placing children in a foster home where a known registered sex offender "freely roamed."

Whitley District Judge Daniel Ballou said in the order April tenth that the sex offender lived on the property of and adjacent to the Whitley County foster home. It also says the man was in the foster home on a daily basis, freely roamed the premises and was not prohibited from having daily contact with foster children.

Child protection officials were criticized as reckless and negligent for placing children in harm's way.

Ballou ordered a teenage girl in foster care at the home returned to her mother. Other foster children were in the home, according to the order. The order did not speak to the status of those children, but the judge ordered the cabinet not to place any children in the foster home. The Cabinet for Health and Family Services said the matter is being reviewed.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Darrin Location: eastern Ky on May 2, 2007 at 04:20 PM
    As a foster parent myself and having full knowledge of how under the table the cabinet can do things sometimes and I am glad that the cabinet is finally being caught and being held accountable.
  • by Darlene Location: Kentucky on May 2, 2007 at 06:25 AM
    First I want to say to the Corbon lady that has a sex offender living close by and near a school. Do a search of his address and te school and see how close. If it is a mile or less...contact the police. If not, sadly nothing you can do. I only have 2 things to say, 1 is most likely these kids would be better off at their home since the foster parents are subjecting them to a sex offender. Now I don't doubt they are watching them but that does not matter. Would the parents do this? I don't know why they have the kids they do but come on....take them out of harms way just to put them in harms way??? the 2nd thing being Does Child protection really do their jobs or do they stick their nose in where it don't belong on most cases?
  • by concerned mother and grandmother Location: corbin on May 1, 2007 at 08:47 PM
    there is a registered sex offender living in my neighborhood also. very close to a school and in the same vicinity where he commited his crimes of rape..same street and house he lived in when he committed the offenses. one block away from a school full of kindergarteners 3rd and 4th graders...why is he allowed near any of us!
  • by Peter Location: Montebello on May 1, 2007 at 07:54 PM
    Why did this situation even GET to the point where a JUDGE had to make a comment regarding the sex offender? If in fact it was illegal for the sex offender to be on the premises, then why wasn't he warned and/or arrested for trespassing? How did it even GET to the point where a judge become involved in the first place? By the judge's term "freely roam", this indicates that the foster home is NOT the only negligent party here. Where was law enforcement? Was the offender on parole or still under the auspices of the correctional system, or was he just required to register? Too many ambiguities to get a true sense on what happened, but at the VERY least: 1. The offender should be notified that if he goes on the property, without approval, then he is trespassing and subject to arrest. 2. The foster home needs to create a CLEAR-CUT policy on ALL people who enter the premises, NOT just sex offenders. After all, 95% of all sex offenses are committed by offenders who are NOT registered in the first place (Department of Justice statistics). 3. It sounds to me that there is something mentally wrong with the sex offender, and he should be looked at by law enforcement IMMEDIATELY to assess his competence. I would wager that is why he committed his offense in the first place. If his situation is not looked at, then that plays bad for the community as well. As a journalistic professional, PLEASE follow up on this story and get it right.
  • by Ingred Location: Frankfort on May 1, 2007 at 01:26 PM
    I'm sure that Birdwhistell and Emberton will convene another Blue Ribbon Task Force to examine the issue... blah blah blah.... Not to worry, these self absorbed and overcompensated talking heads are on the job protecting children.
  • by JOHN Location: anonymous on May 1, 2007 at 01:23 PM
    perhaps if we spent a little more time and concern as citizens giving some thought to what truely does happen to children in foster care and the social workers and foster parents(who , by and large , are decent caring people) committed to the service of children BEFORE these abboritions occur, then we could make a real differnce in thier lives without all this handwringing and recrimination after the fact. let,s take an honest look at what we expect of our social workers and child protection proffessionals in terms of work load, and decide if we REALLY are concerned enough about children in our fair commonwealth to the point where we are willing to dedicate the recources to protect the children involved , as well as providing the recources to the people charged with thier care that will allow these dedicated individuals to function at a level which will instill pride in all citizens of ky at how we care for our children. as the citizens of this state ,and once they are in the system, in a very real way they become the children of all of us. While it certainly allows us to vent our collective spleen when a judge or other official someplace becomes indignant in a public way, what we really should be doing is insisting to our elected officials locally and statewide that something be done ( while deliberations are under way concerning legislation and funding around the whole issue of social work.)
  • by james Location: london on May 1, 2007 at 09:08 AM
    this is just another reason the state needs to make sure people are doing their jobs instead of just sitting on their duffs getting a pay check for their lazyness.....

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