A man is suing Los Angeles County, alleging he was sexually molested numerous times by staff members, foster relatives and a facility resident while spending most of his childhood in multiple foster care shelters.
The plaintiff is identified only as D.G. in the Los Angeles Superior Court negligence suit filed Wednesday, in which he seeks unspecified damages. A representative for the county could not be immediately reached.
D.G. became a ward of the county when he was 18 months old in 1983, the start of about 16 years in foster care, the suit states. He was initially placed at MacLaren Hall in El Monte, where a staff member fondled him when he was 2 years old, the suit states.
“MacLaren was aware or should have been aware that sexual abuse by its staff was systemic and pervasive and, as such, plaintiff’s placement … posed an immediate risk to plaintiff’s safety,” the suit states.
D.G. was placed by the county at a foster home at age 5 for about a year, then was returned to MacLaren Hall and abused by another staff member, the suit alleges.
D.G reported the sexual abuse by the second staff member, but was ignored and the molestation continued, according to the suit.
The plaintiff was returned for a third time to MacLaren Hall at age 17 in 1999, when he was again abused by yet another staff member, the suit states.
“The perpetrator would threaten to rape plaintiff and other residents in front of other staff member,” the suit states.
While in the foster home at age 5, D.G. was molested by his foster father, a foster brother and visitors to the family home, the suit alleges.
“Plaintiff was further traumatized by the foster father who sexually assaulted his biological sister … in his presence,” the suit states.
At age 9, D.G. was placed by the county at the Hollygrove group home run by Uplift Family Services, he was again abused by a staff member, the suit states.
“Hollygrove and (Los Angeles County) staffed the facility in such a way that sexual predators would have uninterrupted access to the defendants’ vulnerable clients,” the suit states.
At age 12, the county placed D.G. at Pacific Lodge Youth Services Inc.’s residential facility in Woodland Hills, where he was molested by a male resident, the suit states.
“Pacific Lodge knew that their clients — foster care children — were prior victims of sexual abuse and had policies and procedures that staffed the facility in such a way that resident-on-resident sexual abuse was a systemic issue and allowed those sexual predators to have uninterrupted access to the defendants’ most vulnerable clients,” the suit states.
Uplift Family Services and Pacific Lodge Youth Services are also named as defendants in the suit.