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Westmoreland State Park celebrates with governor at 80th anniversary celebration

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State says DiRosario didn't do it

Earlier this year all but one of the sexual child abuse charges against Wayne DiRosario had been officially dismissed. On November 19 the final allegation that the former Colonial Beach Mayor and Westmoreland County Supervisor sexually abused a child was also laid to rest.
The final outstanding charge had been supported by a Westmoreland Social Services Department investigation, but DiRosario appealed the determination to state Social Services agency authorities.
That appeal was taken to the Virginia Social Services Department’s Appeals and Fair Hearings Unit before Administrative Hearing Officer Michele Anne Gillette on September 10, 2008.
The eighteen-page document dated November 19, 2008 and signed by Gillette delivered a decision that “the disposition of ‘Founded Sexual Abuse(Sexual Molestation) Level One’ of Briana Brewster by David Wayne DiRosario is amended to ‘Unfounded.’”
A Findings of Fact section of the official document notes that the child DiRosario allegedly abused is the biological granddaughter of DiRosario’s estranged wife, Terri, and that during the period when the couple was married, the wife’s two biological children alleged that Wayne had sexually abused both of them.
The stepson, the document notes, later recanted his accusation under oath and the stepdaughter, “who was hospitalized for treatment of mental illness, also recanted her allegation.”
Allegations that Wayne DiRosario sexually abused the step granddaughter during Summer 2005 lacked the support of a preponderance of evidence,” the hearing officer reasoned after reviewing the large body of information that had accumulated during the approximately three-year life of that child abuse allegation.
An Analysis section of the same document states that “the evidences shows that the allegations of abuse in this case were made against a background of significant domestic disfunction that occurred over a number of years.
“The evidence shows that this domestic turmoil included many other allegations of physical and sexual abuse made against [Wayne DiRosario] and his two step-children, none of which were determined to be ‘Founded.’
“[Wayne DiRosario] himself testified that the previous complaints were made in an effort to influence or manipulate either his behavior or that of his wife.”
The document noted that no medical evidence existed to indicate that the step granddaughter had ever been abused.
Referencing the two stepchildren’s recanted prior accusations, the report suggests that the local Social Services Department investigation “relied on patently unreliable information.”
DiRosario says he’d glad to have these years of agony behind him. He told The Journal that he wants to get on with his life and will not forget the people who never lost their belief in his integrity.

Betsy Ficklin

 

 

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