Two women have sued the state, alleging they were raped and molested as children by a man known to social workers to be a pedophile.
The women, identified in the lawsuit only by the initials K.C. and L.M., now are 34 and 36. They contend their mother’s live-in boyfriend sexually abused them for years, beginning in 1981 when they lived in Pierce County.
They seek unspecified monetary damages to compensate them for “lifelong and irreparable emotional and psychological injury,” according to the suit, which was filed last week in Superior Court.
They are being represented by attorneys Lincoln Beauregard and Anna Price.
Efforts to reach officials from the state Department of Social and Health Services were unsuccessful Friday. The agency generally does not comment on pending litigation.
The women contend their mother’s boyfriend had a history of sexually abusing children when he entered their lives and that state social workers knew it.
“By his own admission to a DSHS employee in 1980, he had an ‘incestuous relationship’ with his minor children and was ‘sexually attracted’ to them,” the women contend in their suit.
Despite that knowledge, social workers did nothing to separate the plaintiffs from their mother’s boyfriend, the suit states.
They further failed to act after receiving reports from relatives, a mental health professional and a family doctor that the man was abusing the plaintiffs, the suit alleges.
“Defendants, through their negligence, were the direct and proximate cause of extensive physical and psychological injury to K.C. and L.M.,” their lawsuit states.Adam Lynn: 253-597-8644