San Jose, CA (PRWEB) July 25, 2012
The child molestation victims’ advocate law firm of Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard has filed an amended lawsuit (case #111CV212614) that adds a claim against San Jose’s Church on the Hill charging that the popular religious institution provided a positive employee reference for its former camp counselor Keith Woodhouse despite the alleged knowledge that he had previously engaged in multiple acts of child molestation while employed there. Based on this favorable statement, the lawsuit claims Woodhouse was subsequently hired at the CDI – Trace Child Development Center in San Jose where he gained unsupervised access to and, per his own admission to the police, sexually molested several minor girls as young as 5 years old.
The lawsuit continues to allege that much of the responsibility still belongs to CDI – Trace Child Development Center as the daycare provider had in place woefully inadequate hiring, training, and supervision policies that resulted in the unqualified Woodhouse being hired and allowed unsupervised access to children. The lawsuit claims that the blame cast on Trace is exacerbated because Woodhouse was allegedly observed on multiple occasions at Trace by his supervisor and other teachers with children on his lap for prolonged periods of time and yet little of any remedial action was taken.
According to the lawsuits, which were filed by the firm’s attorneys, Robert Allard and Alyson Gleason, Church on the Hill terminated Woodhouse seven days after he sexually assaulted a minor female in a swimming pool and was later observed with children lying on his lap. It is alleged that Woodhouse was previously seen engaging in sexually deviant behavior with children such as kissing their shoulders and hugging them inappropriately. Nevertheless, the new claim alleges that Church on the Hill did not report the incidents to law enforcement and in fact took no action to prevent Woodhouse from harming other children in the future. To make matters worse, according to the lawsuit, when Trace called Church on the Hill for a reference check, not only were these child molestation incidents not reported but Woodhouse received an unconditional positive statement of support from a Church on the Hill supervisor.
The lawsuits further claim that, after he was hired at Trace, Woodhouse was placed in an unsupervised position to molest at least four small children due to the lack of adequate CDI - Trace Child Development Center hiring, training and supervision policies and procedures.
“This was the perfect storm that came together to form a disaster which has resulted in the devastation of three little girls and their families,” said molestation victim attorney advocate Robert Allard, “There is no doubt in my mind that a completely misleading recommendation by the church coupled with lack of proper training and child protection laws by the school enabled a monster to be afforded unabated access to children he ultimately molested.”
The lawsuit contends that CDI - Trace Child Development Center Director and Site Supervisor was improperly trained by CDI in the areas of sexual abuse, sexual molestation or sexual harassment of children even though he has been working with CDI since 2004 and is currently a director supervisor at its Trace Child Development Center.
““This is a perfect example of what happens when those who are placed in a position to supervise the care of children fail to take the necessary steps to screen employees and protect children from pedophiles,” stated Gleason. “If we can’t entrust our churches and our schools with the protection of our children from sexual predators, who can we trust?”