Marin nonprofit aide sentenced for mo...

Marin nonprofit aide sentenced for molesting clients

There are 29 comments on the Marin Independent Journal story from Jul 7, 2010, titled Marin nonprofit aide sentenced for molesting clients. In it, Marin Independent Journal reports that:

A former social worker was sentenced to six years and four months in state prison Wednesday for molesting developmentally disabled women at a Marin County nonprofit.

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anonymous

San Rafael, CA

#23 Sep 8, 2010
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In fact, one does not need to have cognitive disabilities to find it confusing, disturbing and difficult to understand. I feel sorry for the Cedars staff and management who were also taken in by this man, who appeared so well to be one thing but was in fact quite another.
If you really knew Curtis, and the dynamic happening at the Cedars, you would understand. One needs to have a background in psychology to make any sense of this.

I, too, feel sorry for the Cedars staff, they were taken by the Cedars management and the DA and made to falsely believe that Curtis was a predator, when he was NOT. It was the liability issues that caused the Cedars management to shift the blame in this case and encourage the Deputy DA Murat Ozgur to continue to interview Cedars clients. The DA threaten further felony counts if Curtis, "touched a client's finger." Is this right? There was no evidence, except for client "reports".

There is something in Trauma Reseach called "vicarious trauma." It is well documented in the California school bus tragedy in the 1970's in Chowchilla. I believe the Cedars clients were vicariously traumatized by how this case was handled, not by Curtis himself. Research has proven how those who provide care to even children impact the healing of trauma. I believe the staff was traumatized by the accusations alone and without proper psychological containment and support from psychologists they themselves hurt the clients and exaccerbated the trauma experienced by these clients, this led to more stories that these clients continued to tell. Stories that were just that, "stories" about Curtis. That was not Curtis' "fault", yet he was forced to take a plea bargain and have false stories written up in the newspapers that did not actually occur.

This case demonstrated much ignorance on the part of the Cedars management, as well as the Prandi Center and Marin Sheriff's Department, which generated significant harm to the Cedars clients, staff, and to management. The Cedars Management benefitted by making Curtis look like a MONSTER, and forcing his hand to accept a plea bargain. In this way they could save face and would not have to be liable for law suits from families, which they would have been had the real TRUTH come forth.
anonymous

San Rafael, CA

#24 Oct 3, 2010
.... for those of you who are ignorant about sex offender facts, please read this article on TEN MYTHS ABOUT SEX OFFENDERS:

http://cfcoklahoma.org/New_Site/ten-myths-abo...

Curtis Cortez was forced into taking a plea bargain, not because he deserved six felony counts but because of a power hungry Assistant DA, Murat Ozgar, who used treats of more felony counts even if Curtis "touched a clients finger" and the Marin Sheriff's Department as well as the Cedars of Marin who fostered fear versus TRUTH in their investigation not offering appropriate containment in the interviews and in the exploration of appropriate versus inappropriate behavior. This did nothing but tramatize the Cedars staff, who then could not help the Cedars clients heal. Everyone in this case was traumatized and sadly enough to say the only honest person in that court room on 7.7.10 was Curtis Cortez, even his attorney, Robin Brennan, did not represent the TRUTH in this case. She violated his constitutional rights by not sharing new evidence and did not adequately explain a Harvey Waiver. Had these been adequately explained the plea as it stood would never have been accepted. And sadly enough to say the plea, as well as this article, made Curtis out to be a frightening person, which he is not, nor has he ever been. Judge Haakenson as well as the Prandi Center was ignorant of the recent research on abuse and body knowing as an indication of abuse because if they had know they would have seen the truth in the interviews themselves and the vicarious traumatization that occured throughout the Cedars as well as to friends of family of Curtis Cortez would not have needed to occur, and healing could have occurred in a much more appropriate way, versus all the FALSE "stories" that came forth from the Cedars clients, as well as all the confusion this lack of containment ensued.

I will never trust the Marin Sheriff's Department, the Prandi Center, or or our Judicial System again until the laws that govern sexual offences actual fit the alleged sexual violation commited. The truth was not represented in this article or in the courtroom 7.7.10 more due to fear and harsh laws. These harsh laws do nothing but HARM innocent people.
BGHOZ

Alameda, CA

#25 Oct 4, 2010
Anon, you sounded pretty convincing until I noted on your monikers that you were posting from verious locations...now you have me concerned.
anonymous

San Rafael, CA

#26 Oct 4, 2010
Yes you should be concerned, very concerned.
anonymous

San Rafael, CA

#27 Oct 4, 2010
I agree completely.
anonymous

San Rafael, CA

#28 Oct 9, 2010
BGHOZ wrote:
Anon, you sounded pretty convincing until I noted on your monikers that you were posting from verious locations...now you have me concerned.
I am a Marin County home owner and have been for 18 years. If my post is generated on my computer from anywhere in the Bay Area it is entered in the city I am posting in. Welcome to the age of wireless Internet Service.

Your ignorance has me concerned ... very concerned.

Since: Jun 10

Marin County

#29 Oct 10, 2010
anonymous wrote:
If my post is generated on my computer from anywhere in the Bay Area it is entered in the city I am posting in. Welcome to the age of wireless Internet Service.
I think it has something to do with static IP, dynamic IP, and the network you are connected to. The city listed on the posts here (and other Topix sites) are sometimes nowhere near where you are physically. I found that out once by making fun of someone from West Virginia, only to find out they lived a few miles from me.

If it's an issue to anybody, one way to fix it is to go into your Topix profile and designate the city of your choice.
BGHOZ

Alameda, CA

#30 Oct 10, 2010
anonymous wrote:
.... for those of you who are ignorant about sex offender facts, please read this article on TEN MYTHS ABOUT SEX OFFENDERS:
http://cfcoklahoma.org/New_Site/ten-myths-abo...
Curtis Cortez was forced into taking a plea bargain, not because he deserved six felony counts but because of a power hungry Assistant DA, Murat Ozgar, who used treats of more felony counts even if Curtis "touched a clients finger" and the Marin Sheriff's Department as well as the Cedars of Marin who fostered fear versus TRUTH in their investigation not offering appropriate containment in the interviews and in the exploration of appropriate versus inappropriate behavior. This did nothing but tramatize the Cedars staff, who then could not help the Cedars clients heal. Everyone in this case was traumatized and sadly enough to say the only honest person in that court room on 7.7.10 was Curtis Cortez, even his attorney, Robin Brennan, did not represent the TRUTH in this case. She violated his constitutional rights by not sharing new evidence and did not adequately explain a Harvey Waiver. Had these been adequately explained the plea as it stood would never have been accepted. And sadly enough to say the plea, as well as this article, made Curtis out to be a frightening person, which he is not, nor has he ever been. Judge Haakenson as well as the Prandi Center was ignorant of the recent research on abuse and body knowing as an indication of abuse because if they had know they would have seen the truth in the interviews themselves and the vicarious traumatization that occured throughout the Cedars as well as to friends of family of Curtis Cortez would not have needed to occur, and healing could have occurred in a much more appropriate way, versus all the FALSE "stories" that came forth from the Cedars clients, as well as all the confusion this lack of containment ensued.
I will never trust the Marin Sheriff's Department, the Prandi Center, or or our Judicial System again until the laws that govern sexual offences actual fit the alleged sexual violation commited. The truth was not represented in this article or in the courtroom 7.7.10 more due to fear and harsh laws. These harsh laws do nothing but HARM innocent people.
And I am hoping you are referring to the innocent people being abused right?
anonymous

San Rafael, CA

#31 Nov 3, 2010
For all those who are in such FEAR regarding sex offenders I suggest you read the latest report by the CDCR about recidivism rates:

http://cdcrtoday.blogspot.com/2010/11/new-rec...

Here is the PDF of the report released 10.11.10:
http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Adult_Research_Branch/...

If you go to page 36 of the report you will see the latest results. Only 5% of those serving time for sexual offenses return to prison for a sexual offenss, 8.9% return to prison for a nonsexual offense and 86% return to prison for a violation of their parole.

I loved this bullet in the key findings via the first link:
- Sex offenders recidivate at a slightly lower rate compared with other felons. Of the sex offenders who recidivate, 86 percent do so because of a parole violation.

For those of you who are so afraid, including the District Attorney's Office, Judge H, and even the Cedars employees -- you don't need to be afraid. Most of the hype is political.

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