A Washington state couple are suing the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department, alleging the agency failed to properly screen a Clovis-area foster couple accused of raping some of the children in their care, including a boy the Washington couple later adopted.

The two people accused of abusing the boy are Richard L. Glascoe and his wife, Jodi L. Kirkpatrick (aka Jodi Glascoe), formerly of Clovis.

Glascoe, a former Curry County jail guard, was convicted in 2007 of raping three 7-year-old girls and is serving a 25-year prison sentence.

Kirkpatrick — who divorced Glascoe around the time he was convicted — was working as a junior high school teacher in Artesia when she was charged with five counts of child rape in 2012. Those charges — some of which are related to Kirkpatrick’s alleged abuse of the Washington couple’s son — are still pending.

The Washington couple said in a complaint filed in state District Court last week that their son suffered heinous abuse during three different periods between May 2003 and December 2006 when he spent time in the Glascoe home. He was between the ages of 3 and 6 at the time. The New Mexican isn’t identifying the couple to avoid identifying the child.

Among the allegations are that the foster couple had handcuffed the boy, threatened him with a gun, forced him to watch them have sex, sexually and physically assaulted him and forced him to witness their sexual assault of other children of both sexes, including a baby.

According to the complaint, the child was removed from the foster home in late 2006, just as Richard Glascoe was being investigated on allegations of child abuse.

The mother said Monday that she and her husband had agreed to foster two children who had been in the Glascoe home — the boy they later adopted and a girl who ran away and was returned to CYFD a month later — but they were expressly told the boy had not been sexually abused.

“They assured us it was all against girls,” the adoptive mother said Monday.

The couple adopted the boy in 2007, the complaint says, and a few weeks later moved to Davenport, Wash.

In the late fall of 2012, the complaint says, the child began “acting out,” displaying concerning behaviors and commenting on things that had happened when he lived in the Glascoe home.

In addition to saying he had been forced to watch the foster couple have sex with each other and other children, both male and female, the boy said a state caseworker had visited the home during one of the abusive events and found the boy crying but had left him in the care of the foster couple, according to the complaint.

The mother said her son, now 14, is “far from” OK.

“He’s acted out, and we have a safety plan in place,” she said. “He has 24-hour supervision.”

She said her son is glad the foster couple have been criminally charged.

The parents claim in their lawsuit that the state agency failed to supervise, monitor or inspect the foster couple sufficiently and that the agency knew or should have known about the abuse but failed to reveal it to them before they adopted the child.

The mother said Monday that she wishes she’d known earlier about the abuses her son suffered so she could have gotten him more intensive counseling sooner.

“Overall, I wish CYFD would have told us as there were more charges and such throughout the years,” she said, adding that when her son exhibited strange behavior growing up, she and her husband didn’t know what to think and sometimes wondered whether his behavior was just “a boy thing” or if it was related to something he had witnessed Richard Glascoe do to another child.

The parents seek an unspecified amount of compensatory, incidental, special, punitive and exemplary damages, as well as legal fees and court costs, from the state agency.

The suit names CYFD Secretary Yolanda Deines, Richard Glascoe, Jodi Kirkpatrick and five unnamed CYFD employees as defendants.

According to a Nov. 8, 2012, story in the Clovis News Journal, court records introduced in the case against Kirkpatrick indicate the Glascoe couple had fostered seven children between May 2003 and December 2006.

Department spokesman Henry Varela said via email Monday that he could not comment on the case because the agency had not yet been served and because state law prevents the department from disclosing information in child abuse investigations.

Contact Phaedra Haywood at 986-3068 or phaywood@sfnewmexican.com.

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