Former Foster Youth, Placed for More than Decade with Member of Pedophile Ring, Sues State of Arizona

Sierra Vista is an Army town of about 43,000 residents located 75 miles southeast of Tucson. And for several years, unbeknownst to most of its citizens, it was home to a pedophile ring that preyed on vulnerable children.

This week, one of those children, a former foster youth who is now 18, filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against Arizona’s child welfare system for failing to protect him from the crime ring.

In April 2016 and again in June, July and August of 2017, newspapers reported on arrests of adult men in Sierra Vista who had been sexually inappropriate with minors. One man had been a bus driver, and two of them had worked for the nearby Army base, one as a civilian, and one as a soldier.

Through a Philadelphia investigation that led authorities to the soldier, they learned about another man:

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