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Friday, February 08, 2019

Hawaii Pays $585k to Settle Foster Care Sex Abuse Claims

Hawaii is set to pay $585,000 to settle a sex abuse lawsuit filed on behalf of two former foster children abused by their system appointed parent.  The lawsuit was filed in 2014 and alleged the state’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) officials should have known that caregiver Florentino Rio was unfit.

Rio was convicted of sexually assaulting three boys who lived with him in the two-year span from 2009 to 2011.  The lawsuit subsequent filed on behalf of two said that DHHS was negligent in looking into the matter.  The man initially went by the name Zack Morris when he relocated to the state from New York and later changed his name.  A background check under his new name as part of the foster parent licensing process in 2008 “did not uncover any information” that raised concern about his suitability.

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