Oregon pays $1.3 million settlement after placing foster child with self-described sex addict
Oregon’s child welfare agency has agreed to pay $1.3 million to settle a lawsuit brought on behalf of a girl who was allegedly sexually abused by her Gresham foster father in 2014.
State workers placed the girl, who was 4 at the time, with Gabriel David Wallis and his wife, even though Wallis self-identified as a sex addict during the state’s screening and caseworkers either knew or should have known that he looked at child pornography online, court documents say.
“This case was one of the most egregious I’ve ever seen for certifying a foster parent who has these glaring issues. These red flags were just so obvious and the (foster home) certifier did really nothing to independently investigate these issues,” said the girl’s lawyer, Josh Lamborn.