Foster parent and youth services empl...

Foster parent and youth services employee charged with sexually...

There are 65 comments on the Burlington Free Press story from Mar 16, 2007, titled Foster parent and youth services employee charged with sexually.... In it, Burlington Free Press reports that:

A Montpelier youth services employee and foster care parent from Bethel has been arrested for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl, said Vermont State Police in Royalton.

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responding to Amy

Rochester, VT

#42 Mar 17, 2008
Responding to a friend wrote:
Good luck with finding out, and yes, Frank was caught molesting another child/ren and that is why he killed himself. He was pissed off and angry at the system. Foolish. And by the way, if you were at the Taplins when "I" was there, you would have remembered a Jessica. It just goes to show you were never in their care; you're the one sitting behind a computer making up lies.
And why do you keep telling me to check out my own life? Do you even know who I am? Apparently not. Get off your high horse and stop pretending you know even one solitary thing about my life.
He was NOT found to have abused another child - interesting who is feeding you this false information but your source will be investigated.
curious

Eden, VT

#43 Mar 17, 2008
Just curious if anyone knows: will an investigation actually still proceed under these circumstances (the accused is deceased)?
rip

Rutland, VT

#44 Mar 17, 2008
All of you people have the guts to say things about someone you may not even know, you may think whatever you would like about Frank but he was a great guy and dont even dare bring his wife into the picture. She's in mourning, so is his family just think of the kids & what they'll feel like if they were to see the horrible things you people are saying.
They are human so give them some respect!
To take in children is a great help and changes so many peoples lives so dont even start to talk down about anyone who has done foster care or adopted,especially when you most likely know no facts.
Please dont abuse this place to comment..its for conversation or comments not belittling people.
rip

Rutland, VT

#45 Mar 17, 2008
In no way will the taplins ever give a bad name to foster care
It's people like you with your wild based opinions that make small things go huge and ruin peoples images..get some facts and find out about the people before you start judging & saying "foster houses" image is going to be ruined.
There are millions of kids waiting to get adopted and foster care gives them that chance.
rip

Rutland, VT

#46 Mar 17, 2008
clc wrote:
<quoted text>
OBVIOUSLY YOU WERE RIGHT BECAUSE THE BASTARD JUSTED KILLED HIMSELF, THANK GOD
Ever heard of respect??
He is a human with people who are in mourning
Grow up this is for conversation and comments not name calling how old are you???
Well Informed-

Nashua, NH

#47 Mar 17, 2008
The investigation into the charges was all but wrapped up... The charges were about to be dropped.
The only "investigating" that is left to do now, and WILL be investigated is the fact that someone was leaking false information after being told not to talk about it until more facts from the investigation were revealed... possible law suit still to follow on behalf of the family.
curious

Eden, VT

#48 Mar 17, 2008
If that is true that the charges were about to be dropped then this is even more tragic - since Mr. Taplin's good name would soon have been restored. I personally reserve judgment until all the facts are out. No disrespect intended, but I think both sides in this would have their reasons for being biased and/or misinformed.
a friend

Rochester, VT

#49 Mar 17, 2008
rip wrote:
All of you people have the guts to say things about someone you may not even know, you may think whatever you would like about Frank but he was a great guy and dont even dare bring his wife into the picture. She's in mourning, so is his family just think of the kids & what they'll feel like if they were to see the horrible things you people are saying.
They are human so give them some respect!
To take in children is a great help and changes so many peoples lives so dont even start to talk down about anyone who has done foster care or adopted,especially when you most likely know no facts.
Please dont abuse this place to comment..its for conversation or comments not belittling people.
So well said - I know from observation that he was very loved and will always be mourned and missed.
To Well Informed

Millbury, MA

#50 Mar 17, 2008
Tim & Kim's kid?

First of all, I never heard anything about a fetus, and that is certainly not something I would talk about unless I knew for a fact it was true, which I doubt it was. Blame the right person for that comment. It wasn't me.
Second, I don't have to "prove" anything. The whole reason I came on this forum a year ago was to TALK about what Frank did/what you seem to think he didn't do. I don't have to 'make up lies' or anything of the sort - they're in black and white for everyone to read. I'm just one of the few that seem to be outspoken about all of it.
Third, I hope you do attempt to "clear" his name. That seems to be the only way you will find out who he really was - and "innocent" or "normal" will not appear next to his name anytime in the future. I guarantee that.
I would far rather be in my shoes, than to be in the state of denial that you will forever be in.
Montpelier VT

Millbury, MA

#51 Mar 17, 2008
1. The investigation wasn't over with. In fact, it has continued. They are still getting a hold of foster children from the past.
2. He obviously wasn't "well-loved" if his wife of some-odd years divorced him.
3. A man who is about to have his name cleared DOES NOT OFF HIMSELF.
4. To all of relatives of Frank on here, I can understand how finding out a relative is a child molester can be devastating, but stop trying to clear his name on this forum and make him sound like an angel. He was no angel.
5. All the attempts at finding out who I am are reaching. You will never know who I am because that is precisely how I set my background up to portray. But please, by all means, continue trying if your heart so desires.
Well Informed-

Nashua, NH

#52 Mar 18, 2008
I'm done going back and forth with you Montpelier... Your obviously too thick to see other perspectives. Believe whatever you want to make yourself feel better. Most of this information that you have is wrong, there was no divorce, and he was very much "well-loved". I think it's a shame that you are so ignorant. So quick to judge, with not one prooven fact other than the one's you've conjured up in your head... Please just leave us alone, my family and I don't care what you THINK.
another friend

Rochester, VT

#53 Mar 18, 2008
Well Informed- wrote:
I'm done going back and forth with you Montpelier... Your obviously too thick to see other perspectives. Believe whatever you want to make yourself feel better. Most of this information that you have is wrong, there was no divorce, and he was very much "well-loved". I think it's a shame that you are so ignorant. So quick to judge, with not one prooven fact other than the one's you've conjured up in your head... Please just leave us alone, my family and I don't care what you THINK.
Miss Amy has some sort of vendetta she thinks she needs to carry out - who knows why - her own insecurities perhaps. You are correct though - her remarks are fallacy. Thank you.
curious

Eden, VT

#54 Mar 18, 2008
Such is the society we live in. There is no history, there are no facts, only opinion. Geez, someone could go to the courthouse and determine whether two people are divorced or not...it's not a matter of conflicting opinions.
rip

Rutland, VT

#55 Mar 18, 2008
Let's just give Frank and his family respect and let him rest in peace.
Say whatever you'd like about the case leave individuals out.
Saddened

Lawrence, MA

#56 Mar 18, 2008
Montpelier VT wrote:
3. A man who is about to have his name cleared DOES NOT OFF HIMSELF.
No one can explain why someone would do this in any situation. To say he must have been guilty simply because of this outcome in complete ignorance.
very sad

Willoughby, OH

#57 Mar 18, 2008
All of you need to stop, Frank and his family put many years into helping children. You know there are so many foster fathers who get accussed of rape, but it always comes out the child wa mad for one reason or the other.

Lets gave the family space, and respect.

Oh and Montpelier-Keep in mind small minds do not get very far.
A pissed off outsider

United States

#58 Mar 19, 2008
Most of you people are sitting back and saying he is innocent or saying "innocent until proven guilty" well how about you people learn to practice what you preach! You sit there and call this little girl a liar, What if she isn't lying? Maybe you should sit back and not say a damn word. You can all have your little opinions but bashing the little girl to the ground because you think this man is innocent. How about just keep your comments to yourself. And the truth will come out sooner or later. Or maybe it will remain hush hush since he had to go and kill himself. Don't blame the little girl and call her a liar for turning in a pervert, if truth be told that he did it. Just wait for the truth!
Truly Disgusted

Las Vegas, NV

#59 Mar 19, 2008
This whole website has made me sick and disgusted. Most of you should be ashamed of yourselves for damning a young child. You talk about not knowing what is true and what is not, but yet you have already crucified the child. Regardless whether or not this family took in many children into their home, it doesn't prove innocence. So many people get away with this type of thing with children for the simple fact that adults don't want to accept that maybe they do know a friend, a father, a brother, a son or other that is capable of doing such dispicable things to children. The Catholic Priests have definitely set an example in the past years for this sort of thing now haven't they. And that is just one example of the many sick people out there that prey upon innocent children. I pray that all of you who claim Frank was innocent without even really knowing, don't have children because someday you could find yourself being faced with your own child being abused by someone you know, and then will you still be blaming the child? Perverts never have "CHILD MOLESTER BEWARE" written across their foreheads, get real. If Frank was the honest, devoted and loving man everyone claims, he wouldn't have gone and shot himself and leaving behind his family that loved him so, if he was innocent. That is called a man who couldn't live with what he had done.
The Mad Nanny

Northbridge, MA

#60 Mar 20, 2008
A girl this young wouldn't be able to make up alligations like this, and have the exact details on what happen. Sounds to me like he couldn't handle the truth. I feel so bad for her!
dissapointed

Garland, NC

#61 Mar 20, 2008
With today's society, adn the increased exposure to inappropriate subject matter, a young girl could indeed make up a plausible story, complete with details. Also, sadly, many children are abused in the foster-care system, or before (as reason for being removed from original homes). Nobody except mr. Taplin, and that young girl know the truth, and hashing out accusations, and name calling, and being disrespectful of the dead (I am so sorry for your loss), will get people nowhere. IN my experience, people are rarely accused of things that they did not do. But it does happen. I choose to believe that the Taplin family has suffered a real, tragic loss. His suicide does not confirm guilt. It confirms a feeling of despair, or shame, or just being overwhelmed and tired. His family should be afforded respect, as we all deserve respect. Being nasty is not the right way to be. I am sorry that so many people are so angry, and i hope you all can find some peace. My prayers are with the family, and the young girl, wishing for peace, and kindness all around.

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