• Rich Klein

SULLIVAN COUNTY SUED UNDER CHILD VICTIMS ACT

DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY SERVICES PLACED TEEN WITH MOUNTAINDALE MAN WHO WAS LATER CONVICTED OF SEX CRIMES


MONTICELLO - Sullivan County last month was served with a lawsuit by a man who alleges that the County's Department of Family Services in 1987 removed him from his family's custody and placed him into foster care with William F. Fox, who then sexually abused him repeatedly at his Mountaindale home on Bernsley Road.


Fox died in 2013 in a Pennsylvania prison after being convicted and sentenced in 2011 for sex crimes against three adopted teenage boys, according to news reports.

The State Supreme Court/Sullivan suit was filed on August 9, just five days before a window closed on Child Victims Act cases in New York State for those seeking justice for their child sex abuse claims that may have occurred decades ago.


(There are a handful of other pending Child Victims Act cases in Sullivan, including two cases against former Tri-Valley School teacher Donald Wales, who is a defendant along with the district. In addition, some of the child sex abuse allegations that allegedly occurred at two local Boy Scouts of America camps -dating back at least to the 1950s - are believed to be part of a global sexual abuse settlement against the Boy Scouts of America that is part of the Boys Scouts bankruptcy filing).


State law regarding foster care required that Fox provide a separate bed for the alleged victim, but, according to the suit, the plaintiff was forced to share Fox's bed with him for approximately six months.


"Immediately upon placement with Fox when Plaintiff was approximately fourteen years old, Fox repeatedly forced Plaintiff sleep in his bed with him," the suit alleges. "For the next two years Fox, sexually assaulted, sexually abused, forcibly touched,

and made sexual contact with Plaintiff in violation of the laws of the State of New York, including sexually touching Plaintiff's intimate parts for the purpose of deviant sexual gratification."

The County Attorney has not yet filed a reply to the suit (filed pro se) but the case is before Acting State Supreme Court Justice Michael Mackey on September 28.


Victims of alleged child sex abuse are permitted to file lawsuits under just their initials to protect their identities and that was the case here.

the case here.

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