Ex-social services worker accused of ...

Ex-social services worker accused of molestation

There are 43 comments on the Hampton Roads Daily Press story from Jan 31, 2008, titled Ex-social services worker accused of molestation. In it, Hampton Roads Daily Press reports that:

A retired Middlesex County social services officer has been charged with 10 molestation-related counts after a months-long investigation into his activities as a child-protective services officer and foster ...

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Mr Smith

Cambridge, MD

#1 Jan 31, 2008
As reported Fred Gaskins, publisher of Middlesex's only newspaper The Southside Sentinel, is president of the foundation Christmas Friends and Art Bracke, who founded the charity, is vice president. About Bracke Mr. Gaskins stated, "All I heard about him was he was very concerned about young kids and their problems. I never had any complaints about him. As far as I know, he did a good job." I guess as far as Mr. Gaskins knows Art Bracke did do a good job. If you go to Art Bracke's web page there is a link to an April 1, 1993 raving article about Art Bracke in The Southside Sentinel. The author of that Bracke article is none other than Art Bracke himself! On July 21, 2006 the Sentinel wrote a glowing report on Bracke's book "Running Against the Wind" and even links to Bracke's web page. I read Bracke's book and formed the opinion that it is a nothing more than a defamation to the character of his adopted son Robert. Art, writing for Robert who can neither read nor write, has Robert admitting to commiting one crime after another from statutory rape to using heroin. If you read his web page Mr. Bracke blasts all three of his adopted boys: Kurt, Robert and Josh. It's as if he is saying beforehand, "if my sons ever say anything bad about me you can't believe a word they say." In 2006 or 2007 the Sentinel printed a letter to the editor praising Art Bracke in his last assignment in Adult Protective Care.

Last November Gaskins' Sentinel did break the story of the arson charges and attempted murder charges. How could he not. On Jan. 10 the Sentinel reported that Bracke had been extradicted from Maryland on the arson/murder charges. But two months ago the Virginia State Police reported they were conducting an extensive investigation into Bracke unrelated to the arson/murder charges. The state police investigating Virginia's longest serving CPS worker. Allegations of attempted murder (silencing?) of his son. It smelled of molestion from the start and if true it happened on Gaskins turf. Fred Gaskins has done as much as anyone to lead us into believing that Art Bracke, "was very concerned about young kids and their problems." And yet Fred Gaskins refused to touch the latest story. For two months you had to go to Norfolk or Richmond or Newport News to find out what was happening in Fred Gaskins' backyard. Why has he stalled on reporting the darker side of developing events. Let me remind Fred Gaskins that in a court room one is innocent until proven guilty. But newspapers have an obligation to report developing stories of public interest as data becomes available.
Thank you Mr Smith

United States

#2 Feb 1, 2008
I wondered why the Sentinel was silent on this issue. They are just as much at fault as anyone else for letting this disgusting man slide through the cracks of society. I am convinced that he has done irreparable harm to many many boys, not just the two mentioned in the article.

WHERE IS THE PUBLIC OUTRAGE?????
lilibit

AOL

#3 Feb 1, 2008
I am a national child protective reform activist Please contact me with your stories if you too have had negative experiences with child protective services across the country I can be reached at [email protected] ..all communications will be confidential
ItsAboutTime

White Stone, VA

#4 Feb 2, 2008
Art Bracke is finally getting what he deserves. He has gone on crusades against innocent people and had the backing of DSS to protect him. He cost innocent people a lot of money, time and stress fighting him because he thought he was God and could get away with anything.
the outrage is here

Severn, MD

#6 Feb 3, 2008
Let me address myself collectively of my case and these people I had to deal with in Middlesex County .My relatives were taken by this sick man his department still defends ,honors and are covering up their involvement in many cases. Why maybe there was monies paid for shutups or for the kids. It will all come to light. Wavy tv -10
will have the adopted son on to tell all and I hope he brings them all down. I have fought him and his associates and let me tell you I will continue to fight until my last breath. In many cases no evidence on the parents, no photos of abuse, files lost and cover-ups about the cases and files. The reason why these people in his department do not want to say anything to reporters because they are involved also. They do not want Art Bracke to see thier faces on tv. WHY? because those loyal associates of his are afraid that Arthur Bracke will bring them down to. Would you go on Tv. to disgrace this man knowing what he knows? I DON"T THINK SO! They still stand up for him and call the children and families liers. They say these kids had problems when they came to there Department. NOT! A newspaper reporter called the Social Services in Middlesex and tlked to there lawyer who refused to answer any questions. So you tell me what you think is up? I guess the Governor would have the power to re-open all these 21 year cases.
to the activist

Severn, MD

#7 Feb 3, 2008
If you are an activist, the children and families that had to deal with Arthur Bracke and his associates needs your help. Help get the Governor there in Middlsex County to help the families regain their rights. Rights that were stripped under false pretenses and false alligations from this Department. WE NEED YOU! We want to thank you. Tears fall for these children and families.
Many have tryed to fight this place for years but had to do what they said or were threatened to go to jail. Who then would you have believed this false Department of the familiy or parents or child. This Department threatened many but who would be believed yes you said it the upper hand. We all want his 21 year cases re-opened. If there were any familiy and or relatives who qualified to recieve custody then hand these kids over to their families or relatives. Our children are the ones who are suffering along with thier family. We need someone to help us.
sentinel

Severn, MD

#8 Feb 3, 2008
that newspaper is being silent because they are Arthur Brackes friends from what I heard.
lilibit

AOL

#9 Feb 4, 2008
Looking forward to helping in any way possible.....For those of you that would like some direction on how to deal with your state officials please join this yahoo discussion group we are one of many activists sites on the web ,we have many files and forms for courts as well as your state offices dealing with CPS , our group consists of 1700 members plus numerous links you can use to educate yourself , we also can assist in getting a petition out for your governors desk , Art Bracke was on this group in 2003 ...until he was thrown off if you join you can do a search for him and all his posts will come up .they may yeild some clues ..childprotectionreform.@yahoo groups .com
Follow the Money

AOL

#10 Feb 4, 2008
The Money is the reason these animals get carte blanch to abuse our children. The federal Government gives federal funds (incentives) to the States for every child they "legally Kidnap" Oppsss I mean for every child they "save" Please look into Title IV Federal funding yourself and understand why innocent parents all over the globe are being labeled "abusive" then you will see how these slime bags get to freely abuse our children. THIS IS A DISGRACE what are YOU going to do about keeping our children away from these animals?

Check out www.DisgustedWithTheSystem.BlogSpot.com for more on this subject.

Then sign our petition requesting an investigation into the fraud and abuses of these tax dollars being used to abuse innocent families at http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/ExposeTheF...

Louise
to lillibit

Chantilly, VA

#11 Feb 4, 2008
We all want to thank you for all your help in these cases. I have fought this system in the removal of my blood relative and a non-blood relative at which I qualified to care for these nieces of mine for 3 years I fought. I have cryed hard,my heart broken and now I am mad and will fight these people. They call the children troubled and liers. Now they are calling the families and relatives liers. There was so many disturbing facts in my case. It took there Department well over a year for any form of visitation, files were lost, misplaced or just trashed. Medical reccords were tampered with of my niece, there was no photos or any proof of neglect. Only by Arthur Bracke and his officials.My Interstate Compact papers were lost to keep prolonging the case. When I called there for help to locate these lost papers I was told They did not know who was the social worker in my cases told to me by a William Genese and that he could not help me locate these papers I was on my own. I am willing to take a polygraph test to prove my facts are they? His Department for three years tryed to shut me up, but in my heart I knew something was wrong. As well as people who live in my state. My Social Workers could not believe it. I have custody/adoptive licenses and foster care liceenses and I was denied my right to raise my nieces. Someone on line said my non-blood relative is now throwed back in the system why ain't I gone for custody of her. Well isn't it up to that Department to contact me? I called that Department they said they can not disscuss the children and not to call back to talk to the lawyer for their Department. This woman refuses to call me back. We want these 21 year cases re-opened and a head count of all these kids to make sure these kids are alive. Because if this man did do what he is accused of then he may have done more. We want the Governor to re-open all these cases and all involved with this man to allow him to continue to recieve boys in his home. We need all the help we can get down there. We do not trust his Department anymore. They will not coroperate with anyone. Even Lawrence Latane a newspaper reporter they would not coroperate with. So you tell me what you think is going on? They all have something to hide.
to lillibit

Chantilly, VA

#12 Feb 4, 2008
wavy tv-10 will do a special with the adopted son of Arthur Bracke Monday February 4,2008 at 11 pm. please go online at watch this special.please pass this information on.
ItsAboutTime

White Stone, VA

#13 Feb 4, 2008
For those of you who are afraid to fight, please do not give up. My husband fought false child abuse allegations for a 2-3 year period at a cost of around $10,000. He was found innocent in court, but Art Bracke took the court decision personally and made my husband fight an unnecessary battle with Bracke and his DSS Supervisor. It took two appeals and letters to the DSS Director in Richmond before getting somebody (a third party) that was not at the Middlesex level to hear the case. This third party saw the case for what it was (Unfounded) and ruled as such. We also went to the newspaper (the Richmond Times Dispatch) and they were very interested in the case. So, please, do not give up.
Mr Smith

Cambridge, MD

#14 Feb 4, 2008
Derrick Rose and WAVY TV, Channel 10 in Norfolk, Va. will broadcast a special report on Art Bracke tonight, 2/4/08 at 11 PM. If you are out of the area you can watch the segment anytime after 11 at:

http://www.wavy.com

Mr. Rose's previous report is at:

http://tinyurl.com/3277j5

Mr. Smith
kilmarnock

Rockville, MD

#15 Feb 8, 2008
Tears flow down my eyes to know this has also happened to you .False alligations from this Department and Arthur Bracke.I have dealt with this man and his office that has lied and covered it all up. My prrof is in the right hands and they still continue to lie. Please come forward and tell wavy tv-10 your story and dispatch times Lawrence Latane. they want to hear your story. also if you know any more cases let them know to contact the above. Lets get these stories out to finally uncover this system and Arthur Bracke. Lets get cases re-opened forfamilies that have had no charges put upon them by this department and Arthur Bracke.
We need help

Chantilly, VA

#16 Feb 9, 2008
lilibit, we need help to re-open all these cases down there in Middlesex County. We need to get a lawyer for all these cases. Alawyer we can trust to re-open these cases. Who is a lawyer that you can suggest to us all ? Does anyone know who is willing to handle these cases? I have called and I get the statements they are to booked in cases or they have to live and work their so they can not handle the cases. Please we need to know someone that will help these parents and cases. I was told the Aunt stated that these foster care people adopted her niece how can they be allowed to do this? The aunt in her case has all the evidence of deception on Arthur Bracke and his Department , Her files are in the right hands. How can any of this man's and his office cases be legal after what this man and his office did in many cases? They in this case had no proof, the parents were never charged with child abuse of child neglect. The parents never went to jail, were never charged of anything. Then these foster crae strangers get to adopt this child. But keep the two sisters apart! Justice this can not be. One sister is white the other mixed. They still keep these sisters apart. Do they not have the right to be together? Grow up together? We also want polygraph tests done for proof in cases that the parents and relatives are not lying in their cases.Do you know who may assist in all this. That way they can bring Arthur Bracke and his department to justice. Please if anyone sees this We need a lawyer to help these families to re-open cases of false alligations made by Arthur Bracke and his departmet . We want these cases re-opened.
You are Pulling at Straws

Mechanicsville, VA

#17 Feb 11, 2008
We need help wrote:
lilibit, we need help to re-open all these cases down there in Middlesex County. We need to get a lawyer for all these cases. Alawyer we can trust to re-open these cases. Who is a lawyer that you can suggest to us all ? Does anyone know who is willing to handle these cases? I have called and I get the statements they are to booked in cases or they have to live and work their so they can not handle the cases. Please we need to know someone that will help these parents and cases. I was told the Aunt stated that these foster care people adopted her niece how can they be allowed to do this? The aunt in her case has all the evidence of deception on Arthur Bracke and his Department , Her files are in the right hands. How can any of this man's and his office cases be legal after what this man and his office did in many cases? They in this case had no proof, the parents were never charged with child abuse of child neglect. The parents never went to jail, were never charged of anything. Then these foster crae strangers get to adopt this child. But keep the two sisters apart! Justice this can not be. One sister is white the other mixed. They still keep these sisters apart. Do they not have the right to be together? Grow up together? We also want polygraph tests done for proof in cases that the parents and relatives are not lying in their cases.Do you know who may assist in all this. That way they can bring Arthur Bracke and his department to justice. Please if anyone sees this We need a lawyer to help these families to re-open cases of false alligations made by Arthur Bracke and his departmet . We want these cases re-opened.
Are we getting a little nervous? Desperate? If all of your so-called files were in "the right hands" and you were going to "re-open all of the cases for the past 21 years", then why are you pleeing for someone to find you an attorney? Do you really believe no one will take the case because they are too busy? If the Governor and the President are involved, why would an attorney be needed? You really should start facing reality, the reality that this post and all of the others are not about you and your anger over losing a case. The reality that the "system" did not wrong you because a good man snapped and made a mistake. Seek help.
WEAK STRAWS

AOL

#18 Feb 11, 2008
WOW! The truth is taking over! Looks like the "LOVING AUNT" is circling the drain.... THE TOILET DRAIN THAT IS!
Oh yeh

Rockville, MD

#19 Feb 18, 2008
Lets just say the drain in Arthur Brackes office is being checked on . Maybe the top notch lawyer can explain her top notch role in the AUNTIES case. Rememeber FRIENDS are Friends that all work together. It has come to light . This is why she did not want to do any interviews for the said tv station or for dispatch times. We now know the connections with this Lawyer and the Foster Family. Go Figure!!!!!!!!!! The proof is in the names.WHO Works With Who!!!!!!!CONFLICTS OF INTERESTS.MANY MORE CONFLICTS OF INTERESTS TO COME. The Public Interviews will be top notch after Arthur Brackes charging date. Then you can all come clean so to speak!!!!!!Gota hear your cover up story then!!!!!!
To RPD

Rockville, MD

#20 Feb 18, 2008
RPD you are the desperate one and the lier. Why lets do 8th grade math.You say you are now 48 years old. Arthur Bracke is now 60. Arthur Bracke
was a Social Worker for 21 said years.
Arthur Bracke
age 60
- 21 years in office
__________
was 39 years old when he started new begginings .

RPD age 48 now
-21 years that Arthur Bracke took you out of your said abuse.
__________
27 was your apparent age Arthur Bracke took you out of your abuse.
So you are a lier and at best you need to be checked into because you had to have worked with Arthur Bracke at new begginnings and you know alot more than you are claiming. An 8th grade education that was a lie from you the person went higher in school and if it was an 8th grade education apparently you college educated people do not know your math. Maybe more college will do for you.
The public

Rockville, MD

#21 Feb 18, 2008
Your public is now aware about Arthur Bracke and his office of deception and lies. The Association of his office and the foster care provider it is all coming down on you people. Lots more Conflicts of Interest in the AUNTIES case. Just hope you people can come clean now about it. Just maybe Arthur Bracke is coming clean to the Corruption in his office and the FRIENDS THAT WORK TOGETHER. The story gets better. Maybe Arthur Bracke is talking now, maybe to get some time knocked off. Great Day People!!!!!!!

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