Scared Girl Hiding Behind Her Mother

Confidential v. State of Washington DSHS – $425,000 Settlement

About the case

Darrell and Loren Cochran represented a family in a case against the WA State Department of Social and Health Services for negligent supervision of a convicted rapist.

The child victim was sexually molested in her home hundreds of times by a juvenile parolee who was negligently allowed to be left alone with minors, in spite of a court order stating he was barred from “unsupervised contact with anyone 2 years younger” than himself. DSHS performed a home visit, saw that minor children were also living in the residence, and yet failed to remove the offender or even warn the family of the parolee’s previous crimes.


  • Settlement: $425,000

Cause Number

  • Court of Appeals, Div II (WA): 44065-2-II; Pierce County: 11-2-08294-1


  • Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS)


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