Another Caseworker arrested this time for molesting children!

When are we going to stop this madness. Children are stolen by CPS and the courts allow them to get away with it – Is this really in the best interest of the child????

By Leslie Slape / The Daily News | Posted: Thursday, July 15, 2010 5:26 pm | No Comments Posted

Leslie Slape / The Daily News
Mark Workinger appears at his arraignment Thursday. .
..A state child protective services worker has been charged in Cowlitz County Superior Court with first-degree child molestation and two counts of communication with a minor for immoral purposes from acts alleged to have occurred about a decade ago.

Mark Edmond Workinger, 56, of Castle Rock pleaded not guilty Thursday to the allegations, which were investigated by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office at the request of the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office to avoid potential conflict of interest.

For the same reason, the Cowlitz County prosecutor deputized Jeff McMarty of the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office, and visiting judge James W. Lawler presided at Thursday’s arraignment. Bruce Hanify is Workinger’s defense attorney.

Lawler set the trial date for Aug. 30.

Workinger has been employed in the Kelso office of Child Protective Services since February 2001, said Sheri Hill, a spokeswoman the Department of Social and Health Services, CPS’s parent agency.

Most of his work involved evaluating the homes of potential foster parents or adoptive parents, she said. Workinger was not a foster parent himself, she said.

“In the last six months he has also helped conduct CPS investigations” into allegations of abuse or neglect, she said.

The victim, now 14, was 4 or 5 years old at the time of the incidents, which are alleged to have taken place between January 2000 and August 2001 in Cowlitz County. She was not a CPS client at the time, Hill said.

Hill said she was not aware of any other victims, but law enforcement is continuing to investigate.

Workinger was placed on “alternative assignment so he didn’t have client contact” the instant DSHS was informed in early June about the investigation, she said. Court documents did not indicate what prompted authorities to begin an investigation.

Workinger turned himself in at Woodland Police Department Tuesday and was booked into the Cowlitz County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.

According to court documents, Workinger admitted fondling himself in front of the girl, showing her a pornographic magazine and making her touch him inappropriately.

Although Workinger told Offender Services workers that he had been fired upon arrest, Hill said he has been placed on paid annual leave pending the outcome of the case. Court documents indicate Workinger is paid $3,200 a month.

As with all department employees, Workinger underwent a background check, she said, and “there has been no prior history” of criminal behavior. Court documents also showed no criminal history.

Law enforcement is taking the lead into the allegations against Workinger, Hill said. At the same time, the state will conduct its own criminal investigation. Kim Witherspoon of the Attorney General’s office and a Vancouver CPS case worker were in court Thursday at a dependency hearing for the victim, who is in foster care.

After the criminal investigations are closed, the Kelso office will make an internal personnel investigation, Hill said.

“The criminal side and the protection of children is most important,” Hill said. “We take very seriously allegations of child abuse and neglect. We expect law enforcement to conduct a fair and thorough investigation and we’re cooperating.”

About yvonnemason

Background:  The eldest of five children, Yvonne was born May 17, 1951 in Atlanta, Georgia. Raised in East Point, Georgia, she moved to Jackson County, Ga. until 2006 then moved to Port St. Lucie, Florida where she currently makes her home.  Licensed bounty hunter for the state of Georgia. Education:  After a 34 year absence, returned to college in 2004. Graduated with honors in Criminal Justice with an Associate’s degree from Lanier Technical College in 2006. Awards:  Nominated for the prestigious GOAL award in 2005 which encompasses all of the technical colleges. This award is based not only on excellence in academics but also leadership, positive attitude and the willingness to excel in one’s major. Affiliations:  Beta Sigma Phi Sorority  Member of The Florida Writer’s Association – Group Leader for St Lucie County The Dream:  Since learning to write at the age of five, Yvonne has wanted to be an author. She wrote her first novel Stan’s Story beginning in 1974 and completed it in 2006. Publication seemed impossible as rejections grew to 10 years. Determined, she continued adding to the story until her dream came true in 2006. The Inspiration:  Yvonne’s brother Stan has been her inspiration and hero in every facet of her life. He was stricken with Encephalitis at the tender age of nine months. He has defied every roadblock placed in his way and has been the driving force in every one of her accomplishments. He is the one who taught her never to give up The Author: Yvonne is currently the author of several novels, including:  Stan’s Story- the true story of her brother’s accomplishments, it has been compared to the style of Capote, and is currently being rewritten with new information for re-release.  Tangled Minds - a riveting story about a young girl’s bad decision and how it taints everyone’s life around her yet still manages to show that hope is always possible. This novel has been compared to the writing of Steinbeck and is currently being written as a screenplay. This novel will be re-released by Kerlak Publishing in 2009  Brilliant Insanity – released by Kerlak Publishing October 2008  Silent Scream – Released by October 2008- Slated to be made into a movie Yvonne’s Philosophy in Life - “Pay it Forward”: “In this life we all have been helped by others to attain our dreams and goals. We cannot pay it back but what we can do is ‘pay it forward’. It is a simple
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