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Rape of infant at Tmb CSB yields no indictment against staff



Published: Thu, September 27, 2012 @ 12:10 a.m.

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By Ed Runyan

runyan@vindy.com

WARREN

A Trumbull County grand jury has refused to indict anyone from Trumbull County Children Services for the handling of a visitation at agency offices that led to the rape of a 9-month-old girl in the board’s custody.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine issued a news release Wednesday saying the grand jury did not indict two Children Services board employees about whom it received information.

DeWine’s office, including investigators from his Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation, as well as staff attorneys, investigated employees’ actions at the request of Trumbull County Prosecutor Dennis Watkins.

“The investigation looked into whether actions by employees constituted any child endangerment or other violation of Ohio law,” DeWine said.

The girl’s biological father, Cody Beemer, 23, of Austin Avenue, was convicted of rape and other charges and was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

His wife, Felicia Banks-Beemer, 21, remains in the Trumbull County jail awaiting trial on similar charges.

Police said the couple raped their daughter at the CSB offices on Reeves Road while visiting her in April 2011 and recorded the acts on a cellphone. The girl had never lived with the couple, having been removed by CSB just after her birth.

Dan Tierney, a spokesman for the attorney general, said he could not discuss “names or positions for uncharged suspects,” so he was not able to identify whether the two employees were social workers or supervisors.w

Tim Schaffner, director of the CSB since April 2012, said he believes the employees considered for prosecution were involved in the record-keeping portion of the case, because the record keeping seemed to be the investigators’ focus.

Additionally, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, which has oversight of Trumbull CSB, reported finding “no issues” with the agency’s supervision in the Beemer episode, Schaffner said.

The record-keeping functions were carried out by caseworkers and supervisors, Schaffner said.

Since the rape, the agency has made changes to its visitation areas and video capabilities, as well as worked with the state to make policy changes.

Job and Family Services criticized CSB’s record keeping in the Beemer matter because employees received information about the child and her parents starting in November 2010, a couple of months after the child was born, but didn’t record the information in the Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information System until October 2011.

One supervisor was suspended for two weeks over the record-keeping issues.

But the former director, Nick Kerosky, and Schaffner said more current record keeping would not have prevented the rape from occurring.

The information CSB entered late into the computer system was “mundane,” and the information CSB had regarding previous sex offenses committed by Cody Beemer would not have predicted that he would rape the girl, Schaffner said.


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1whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 1 year, 9 months ago

More backroom deals..I agree with aconstituent.

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2dawn421(265 comments)posted 1 year, 9 months ago

I agree with nobs. Csb should be held accountable.they take kids that are in danger and then put them in danger themselves. Clearly there is something fishy here. How do you justify the lack of supervision? State officials need to look into this and fire all involved. Shame on you people that won't onsite. I'm disgusted by the whole system

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3steelwagon(284 comments)posted 1 year, 9 months ago

Totaly agree with these posts.
I'm not at all suprised by this.
Only in the public sector can one be so lazy and incompetent and get away with something so terrible and completly preventable.

With one Banks child murdered by a foster parent and another raped while in the CSB building one really has to question what good if any this agency serves those in it's care ??

The very best excuse they have offered to date is "relaxed supervision"
Makes perfect sense when you have a known,convicted child sex offender inside the building ......lazy idiots!!!

I'm still asking why Beemer was even allowed on the property with his record.
To be left unwatched with a child shows just how lazy and incompetent this agency really is.

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4steelwagon(284 comments)posted 1 year, 9 months ago

The information CSB entered late into the computer system was “mundane,” and the information CSB had regarding previous sex offenses committed by Cody Beemer would not have predicted that he would rape the girl, Schaffner said.

This makes no sense at all !!!
The fact that they had information regarding previous sex offenses commited by Beemer should have sent red flags flying everywhere.

Instead they're calling that info "mundane"....really ?????

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5walter_sobchak(1831 comments)posted 1 year, 9 months ago

"Additionally, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, which has oversight of Trumbull CSB, reported finding “no issues” with the agency’s supervision in the Beemer episode, Schaffner said."

But, later in the article there is a statement that changes have been made to visitation areas and video capablities! A child, supposedly in their "protective custody", is raped on site and there are no issues ! This stinks. Where is the outrage? Maybe this doesn't rise to the level of a criminal charge for CSB but many people should be losing their jobs. This smells of cover-up, political partronage, and incompetence. Heads should be rolling, starting with Cody Beemer's small head first.

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6zz3(919 comments)posted 1 year, 9 months ago

This does not surprise me a bit!!The laxness of these agencies is and has been terrible for years but they seem to be immune to any punishment, kind of like the criminals in the area think!! You also hear of minors committing crimes but NO and I mean NO investigation/removal of children, or charges on these parents because the CSB is just too damn lazy and have no accountablity to anyone it seems. I think there should be other charges, or civil charges that can be brought up on the separate individules in CSB involved. What a disgrace of our system, and if this is the way things are handled you can imagine that this is not the only system agency not doing their job and is one reason crime runs rampant in Trumbull and Mahoning counties. WOW is all I can say

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7lovingmom(5 comments)posted 1 year, 9 months ago

We have a child murdered, a child raped while at the CSB facility, and then we have a worker tampering with the files.Yet they get away with it once again.Where is the justice in all of this for these innocent children?What has to happen next before we say enough is enough?I have lost complete faith in the system.They are being told that they can do whatever they want to these children and get away with it. I have no words to say that can express the outrage and disappointment I feel right now. How are we supposed to protect these children if the justice system won't protect them?

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8hollywood(94 comments)posted 1 year, 9 months ago

i agree with all the posts. but i do have to say, i pray this child does not enter a bad foster home now. i also pray this little girl gets all the help she needs for however long she needs it. my prayers are for her piece of mind in the future.and lots and lots of love all her life!

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