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« on: June 27, 2012, 11:52:31 PM »

updated 6/27/2012 3:16:19 PM ET


A child abuse investigator with the Department of Children and Families was placed on administrative leave after a victim involved in a busted prostitution ring told investigators she had maintained a sexual relationship with him, a published report said.

Jean LaCroix, 46, allegedly had sex with a teenage foster girl identified as M.D., who is also one of the victims of a prostitution ring that preyed on foster children, the Miami Herald reported.
 
The prostitution ring was headed by four Florida men who were arrested early Monday and charged with conspiracy, racketeering and unlawful sexual activity with a minor, according to authorities.
 
Read more about the prostitution ring

LaCroix, though, is not involved with the prostitution ring, according to the Herald.
 
LaCroix had been assigned as the case worker for M.D. until she was placed in foster care, according to records. He allegedly became involved with the girl in September or October 2011 and the pair had sex on "numerous" occasions, a May search warrant states.
 
LaCroix was placed on administrative leave on May 7 and had his government-issued cell phone taken after billing records revealed “considerable communication” with the victim for months after October 2011 when he was no longer working her case, the warrant said.
 
 He continued communicating with the teen on his personal phone even after his work phone was seized, according to the warrant.
 
“The victim advised that while in school she would call or text [LaCroix] and [he] would arrange to pick her up from school and take her to his residence where they would engage in consensual sexual intercourse,” the warrant states.
 
In an email statement, DCF Secretary David Wilkins wrote, “This alleged behavior is absolutely appalling and betrays the trust and confidence that all Floridians have in our Department's employees. Mr. Lacroix's actions in no way reflect the expectations we and all Floridians have for our investigators or any of our employees.”
 
Wilkins added, “As soon as we learned of these allegations earlier this year, the department immediately placed Mr. Lacroix on administrative leave with no access to department records, offices or files.”  ::snipping2:: 

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/47979972
 
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« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2012, 11:59:10 PM »

Miami investigators make arrests in alleged prostitution ring that employed foster childrren
June 27 '12


MIAMI -- The teenage foster kids called their rendezvous with men who paid for their affections "dates." Sometimes they had several scheduled each day.

 Their alleged handler, whom they called "E-Nasty," or just "E," would text the girls on the cell phones he provided them. "You're gonna have some dates today," he would say, a source told The Miami Herald.

 On days when the girls had a hectic schedule, they'd be driven to school in the morning, but fail to enter. Instead, the teens would call or text their pimps to pick them up. "It was a perfect cover," the source said. "People thought they were going to school."

E-Nasty, police and prosecutors say, is 29-year-old Eric George Earle, the head of a group of pimps who preyed on teenage girls in foster care.

 "He was the ringleader of this organization," said Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle, "the one who befriended the girls."

 Police and prosecutors say Earle - together with his stepbrother, Anturrel Nathaniel Dean, and two other men - operated a prostitution ring that employed foster children as sex workers. A teenager identified only as S.S. worked for the ring as a prostitute, and "recruited" other girls from her group home to work for the ring.

 Earle; Dean, 30; 34-year-old David Zarifi and 65-year-old Willie Calvin Bivins were arrested early Monday. They face charges of racketeering, conspiracy and unlawful sex with underage girls.

 At a Tuesday afternoon news conference, Fernandez Rundle said the busted ring was part of an ongoing investigation into "predators" who lure vulnerable children into becoming sex workers. Already, the investigation had spawned 50 subpoenas and eight search warrants.

 Fernandez Rundle gave the girls' customers a warning: "Watch out," she said. "We're coming to get you."

 "Make no doubt about it: these are businesses operating just below the surface in our community," Fernandez Rundle said. "You know what? They're not operating any longer."

 Also caught up in the investigation, though not involved with the ring Earle allegedly operated, was a Department of Children & Families child abuse investigator, 46-year-old Jean LaCroix, records show.

 DCF administrators placed LaCroix on paid administrative leave and seized his government-issued cell phone after one of the girls involved in the ring, identified as M.D., told police she also had maintained a lengthy sexual relationship with LaCroix, who investigated her case when she was placed in foster care, records show.

 "The victim advised that while in school she would call or text (LaCroix) and (he) would arrange to pick her up from school and take her to his residence where they would engage in consensual sexual intercourse," a May search warrant request says.

 LaCroix became involved with M.D in September 2011, DCF Regional Administrator Esther Jacobo told the Miami-Dade Police Department. His DCF cell phone showed "considerable phone communication between (LaCroix) and the victim's cellular phones for several months after October 2011," records say.

 Even after his bosses at DCF took away his cell phone, LaCroix continued to call the teenage foster child with his personal phone, police said in a May search warrant obtained by The Miami Herald.

 In an e-mail to The Herald, DCF Secretary David Wilkins called LaCroix's behavior "absolutely appalling," adding the investigator's actions "betray the trust and confidence that all Floridians have in our department's employees. Mr. LaCroix's actions in no way reflect the expectations we and all Floridians have for our investigators or any of our employees," Wilkins added.

 "As soon as we learned of these allegations earlier this year, the department immediately placed Mr. Lacroix on administrative leave with no access to department records, offices or files," Wilkins said.

 "Additionally, the department began working with Miami-Dade police and the State Attorney's Office in the investigation of Mr. Lacroix. We will continue to work with them to ensure that any prosecutions related to these allegations are pursued to their fullest extent."

 As for the alleged prostitution ring that preyed on foster children, Wilkins said "these crimes violate every moral belief we share at the department and as Floridians. Children deserve the opportunity to survive and thrive with our help and to overcome the circumstances which placed them in our care."

 M.D. lived in a six-person group home that is operated by Children's Home Society of Florida, a private foster care agency under contract with another private agency, called Our Kids, that oversees child welfare in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. Fernandez Rundle said about four girls from the home were working for the ring, and records suggest three of them were recruited by S.S., a resident herself.

 Fernandez Rundle said ring members groomed the girls with cash, flowers and other gifts, and were sophisticated in their efforts to woo the youths. All of the girls had previously suffered abuse or neglect, or had been abandoned by their parents. They were starved for affection, and delighted that an adult was showing interest in them - and showering them with gifts.

 Jacobo, who also spoke at the news conference, called ring members "professional predators" who "knew exactly which children to target."  ::snipping2:: 

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/06/26/4591219/miami-investigators-make-arrests.html#storylink=cpy

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« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2012, 12:35:39 AM »

A close friend fosters teenagers, for many years I 'babysat' for a few hours now and then. Didn't take long for me to figure out the worst possible situation for these troubled teenagers was a group situation. They feed off each other.
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« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2012, 06:32:23 PM »

updated 6/27/2012 3:16:19 PM ET


A child abuse investigator with the Department of Children and Families was placed on administrative leave after a victim involved in a busted prostitution ring told investigators she had maintained a sexual relationship with him, a published report said.

Jean LaCroix, 46, allegedly had sex with a teenage foster girl identified as M.D., who is also one of the victims of a prostitution ring that preyed on foster children, the Miami Herald reported.
 
The prostitution ring was headed by four Florida men who were arrested early Monday and charged with conspiracy, racketeering and unlawful sexual activity with a minor, according to authorities.
 
Read more about the prostitution ring

LaCroix, though, is not involved with the prostitution ring, according to the Herald.
 
LaCroix had been assigned as the case worker for M.D. until she was placed in foster care, according to records. He allegedly became involved with the girl in September or October 2011 and the pair had sex on "numerous" occasions, a May search warrant states.
 
LaCroix was placed on administrative leave on May 7 and had his government-issued cell phone taken after billing records revealed “considerable communication” with the victim for months after October 2011 when he was no longer working her case, the warrant said.
 
 He continued communicating with the teen on his personal phone even after his work phone was seized, according to the warrant.
 
“The victim advised that while in school she would call or text [LaCroix] and [he] would arrange to pick her up from school and take her to his residence where they would engage in consensual sexual intercourse,” the warrant states.
 
In an email statement, DCF Secretary David Wilkins wrote, “This alleged behavior is absolutely appalling and betrays the trust and confidence that all Floridians have in our Department's employees. Mr. Lacroix's actions in no way reflect the expectations we and all Floridians have for our investigators or any of our employees.”
 
Wilkins added, “As soon as we learned of these allegations earlier this year, the department immediately placed Mr. Lacroix on administrative leave with no access to department records, offices or files.”  ::snipping2:: 

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/47979972
 
If this is true, and it appears that it is, this man doesn't deserve to breath air.  JMO
 
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« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2012, 07:02:58 PM »



This case reminds me of that of Dwain Pellebon.  Here's what he's accused of:
He was an assistant professor  in the School of Social Work at OU (meaning he knew better than most)

He allegedly raped a mentally disabled 15 year old girl at least twice.  It's said she didn't understand right or wrong about what occurred.
He was a director on a local board for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), which helps children in juvenile court and foster systems.
The social work professor admitted taking off the girl's clothes  (including the a 13 yo girl) but said he did it to apply cream to her 'chest, back and butt' while they were alone in his bedroom.
Though Pellebon denies any sexual contact, he described himself to investigators as an 'affectionate, sensual man who liked to hug, kiss, cuddle and stroke young girls that he felt close to'.  Really?  He knew better!!
He was investigated of similar crimes in 2001, but the victim failed to give a statement, which to me means her parents probably realized it would put her through so much, I don't know.
http://scaredmonkeys.net/index.php?topic=12516.msg1496830#msg1496830
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