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Charges will be filed against child welfare worker

Postby tommixx » Wed Oct 07, 2009 5:22 pm

Charges will be filed against child welfare worker accused of molestation

Special to the Valley News

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009.
Issue 41, Volume 9.

RIVERSIDE - Charges will be filed within the next day or so against a Riverside County child welfare worker accused of taking a teenage boy to his apartment and molesting him, the District Attorney's Office announced today.

Sean Lamont Birdsong, 37, has been put on administrative leave and will face one count each of false imprisonment, sexual assault with intent to rape, lewd acts on a minor and child endangerment, according to D.A.'s office spokesman John Hall.

The suspect was arrested Sept. 22 and released after posting $50,000 bail, according to jail records. He is expected to be arraigned before the end of the month, Hall said.

Riverside police began investigating Birdsong after a 15-year-old boy alleged that the county Department of Child Protective Services employee had touched him inappropriately and tried to get him drunk, according to Hall.

Birdsong had been assigned to the teen's case and was involved in placing him in a Rubidoux foster home, Hall said.

The suspect allegedly contacted the boy a day later, saying ``he had found (him) a better placement home,'' the spokesman said.

``Birdsong instructed the boy to sneak out of the foster home and meet him down the street, which he did,'' Hall said. ``Birdsong drove to a liquor store, where he purchased a bottle of Bacardi 151, then headed to his (Riverside) apartment.''

Once inside, Birdsong pressed the victim to drink the alcohol, and when the boy resisted, Birdsong told him he was armed and ``he had better drink with him,'' Hall alleged.

The boy complied, later telling police that as the two were together, Birdsong had his hands on him and tried to pin him against a wall, according to Hall. The boy told his alleged captor that ``he was scared and ... needed to go outside for a cigarette,'' Hall said.

When he stepped outside the apartment, the boy approached another resident of the complex, asking her for help, Hall said.

Riverside police officers arrived a short time later and, after questioning the boy and Birdsong, placed the latter under arrest.

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Postby Mema » Wed Oct 07, 2009 6:05 pm

This story is a blood boiler for me. These kids have been through enough. My grandson was brought to an employees apartment also. Thank God another employee notified his mom before something happened. The employee was let go from one place only to be hired in another. He went from therapeutic foster home employment to Coordinated Children's Services in social services which is in with CPS. Go figure
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