DCF worker and her husband charged with sexually battering a 13-year-old woman, cops say


A Department of Children and Families worker and her husband are accused of repeatedly sexually battering a 13-year-old woman over a interval of 10 months, in line with the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.

Sarah Adams, 34, was arrested Tuesday on prices of sexual battery on a minor, lewd and lascivious battery, little one neglect and failure to report suspected little one abuse, deputies mentioned.

Her husband, Thomas Adams, 33, was arrested that very same day on two counts of sexual battery of a minor and single counts of lewd and lascivious battery and utilizing a pc to solicit a toddler, deputies mentioned.

The arrest report mentioned Sarah Adams is an administrative assistant with the Department of Children and Families, the state’s little one welfare company that investigates allegations of abuse and neglect. Under Florida regulation, she is required to report any allegations of kid abuse or neglect — identical to a healthcare skilled, instructor or regulation enforcement officer.

The abuse began in February 2019, in line with the Sheriff’s Office, when Thomas Adams pressured the woman to look at pornography and carry out sexual acts on him. The woman advised him “no” on a number of events, deputies mentioned, however he ignored her and the abuse continued into December.

In order “to show appreciation” for her sexual acts, deputies mentioned the husband would give the teenager a marijuana vape pen to smoke.

The spouse was conscious that the woman was being sexually battered, deputies mentioned, then joined within the assaults in November of that 12 months.

The Sheriff’s Office didn’t say when the allegations have been reported. But after they have been, deputies mentioned they organized for the woman and the husband to talk in a recorded telephone name. He admitted to the sexual battery, addressed her being pregnant considerations and apologized to the woman, in line with the arrest report.

Deputies mentioned additionally they examined a number of cell telephones and located that the couple communicated in regards to the allegations with the woman by way of textual content.

Sarah Adams’ place on the state company, and her failure to report the abuse in a “timely” method, in line with the arrest report, led to the cost of failing to report little one abuse or neglect.

Department of Children and Families officers on Friday mentioned they might subject an announcement about Adams, however had not launched one as of Friday night. Her employment standing on the company was unclear.

The Sheriff’s Office requested {that a} excessive bail be set for the couple due to “the severity of the charges and the defendant’s contact with other juveniles due to her employment.”

Thomas Adams was being held Friday within the Pasco County jail in lieu of $200,000 bail. Sarah Adams is being held in lieu of $370,000 bail.

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