Texas Child Protective Services worker fired after telling 14-year-old girl in foster care to prostitute
A Texas Child Protective Services worker was fired this month after she was filmed telling a 14-year-old girl that she should consider prostitution, officials said Sunday. ‘State.
The unidentified employee of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services was fired after her conversation with the girl, who recorded the discussion while in foster care.
The video was first broadcast by Houston’s KRIV-TV. The girl was staying in a hotel before a foster family could be found. The video shows the girl asking the employee for food, then being encouraged by the employee to prostitute herself.
“The person in the video – who was employed as [child protective services] support staff – was terminated on August 10,” agency spokeswoman Marissa Gonzales said in a statement.
“The safety and appropriateness with which children in care are to be treated is our primary concern. Nothing less will be tolerated.
The girl is still in foster care, Gonzales told NBC News on Monday.
The terminated employee had two working days to challenge the dismissal, said Myko Gedutis, organizing coordinator for the Texas State Employees Union.
The worker chose not to file that rebuttal, Gonzales said, and Gedutis declined to comment on her behalf.
Gedutis, however, largely blamed the state for “the warehousing of children in hotels”, which was an “utter disaster on the part of the agency”.