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No special prosecutor needed in child rape case at CSB, Prosecutor Watkins says



Published: Thu, October 20, 2011 @ 12:10 a.m.

By ED RUNYAN

runyan@vindy.com

WARREN

The attorney representing the grandmother of the 1-year-old child purportedly raped by her parents during a visit at the Trumbull County Children Services Board offices has asked Prosecutor Dennis Watkins to appoint a special prosecutor.

Atty. David Engler says the agency’s failure to

protect the child despite knowledge she might be in danger suggests that CSB employees might have committed criminal offenses in need of prosecution.

Because Watkins’ office serves as legal counsel to CSB, his office should not serve as prosecutor in matters involving the agency, Engler added.

In response, Watkins said it’s too soon to say what an independent investigation being conducted by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services will show, but “at this point, there is no need for a special prosecutor.”

Engler, who represents Loretta Banks, grandmother of the 1-year-old child, said CSB knew the girl’s father, Cody Beemer, 22, was a juvenile sex offender and that Felicia Beemer, 21, the girl’s mother, had a history of being easily manipulated by her male partners.

And yet when the Beemers visited the child at CSB in July, no employee stayed in the room with them, and there was no electronic monitoring being done,

Engler said.

“You put a sexual offender in a room with a child; this [the alleged rape] is foreseeable,” Engler said, adding that the Trumbull County Family Court had ordered that visits at CSB involving the Beemers be supervised.

Cody Beemer and Felicia Beemer are in the Trumbull County jail, charged with rape and other offenses.

Watkins said his office does have a duty to represent the children services board, but his office does not have an obligation to represent the employees within the agency.

Furthermore, his office has a “sound record of

being open to independent investigators and special prosecutors” when the need arises.

An example, he said, is the independent prosecution and outside prosecution of David DeChristofaro, former Trumbull County Engineer. He was convicted of improperly using county resources for personal and campaign-related gain.

The CSB asked JFS to conduct a review of CSB’s visitation policies after the incident came to light and after Watkins made a recommendation that it do so.

Meanwhile, Engler said he also will file a request with the family court asking that it appoint custody of the

suspected rape victim to another children services board.


Comments

1UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Special prosecutor is needed - Dumbo Watkins!

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2TheTruth4U(20 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Clearly Watkins is protecting his client, the Children's Services Board. He won't look at the idea that a Judge's orders were disregarded (contempt of court?) or that because of this negligence (at least) or criminality on the part of CSB, a child was molested in their very own offices, with them providing the time and place for this unspeakable horror to occur. It's time for Trumbull County to clean up the poor record of both CSB and the Prosecutor's office.
It would seem the only protection children have any more is having a good attorney!

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3Stan(9923 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

CSB may have some on their staff who see nothing wrong with the way that Cody Beemer and Felicia Beemer carry on . An outside investigation could uncover any improprieties .

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4Dan_Moadus(33 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Watkin's refusal is saddening. The article says that Jobs and Family Services will conduct a review of the Children's Services Board's visitation policies. What's to review when a court ordered supervised visitation order was disobeyed?

Is JFS' review to recommend needed policy changes or to determine if any wrongdoing occurred? It is not enough to just come back with some recommended visitation policy changes. Someone needs to be punished.

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5foxyglo(372 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

ALL SO WRONG

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6lovedrama(138 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

TheTruth4U: It's a rape charge, not molestation. Much more serious and actually much more preventable had someone followed the court orders. Somebody needs to stage an " Occupy the Courts" movement and demand that sex offenders--even juveniles--be jailed and never left unattended. This idiot is pure evil, actually they both are. They also need to transfer this poor child to somewhere like California, change her identity and never, EVER, tell her what happened. Someone will adopt her, she still has a chance--but only if she is spared this horrible knowledge and completely removed from any contact with any family. I just know they're all trashy incestuous losers. What else would breed this?

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