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November 11, 2011 permalink
Jose Gonzales loved his foster daughter so much that when New Mexico CYFD placed her in a new home he tracked her down and raped her.
CYFD: Foster Parent Convicted Of Kidnapping, Raping Child
Officials Don't Think Man Targeted Any Other Children
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- An Albuquerque foster parent has been convicted of kidnapping and raping a child.
The New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department said Jose Gonzales attacked a 17-year-old girl he was trusted to protect in 2007.
The CYFD said the attack happened after the girl was moved to a different home.
"It's certainly outrageous," said CYFD spokesman Enrique Knell. "It's devastating."
Knell said as soon as the victim came forward with the allegations, the agency made sure Gonzales would never be a foster parent again.
"All we have to say is good riddance, and we hope he's punished to the greatest extent of the law," Knell said.
Knell couldn't say how long Gonzales was a foster parent or how many kids he looked after and could have put in danger.
Knell also couldn't say what kind of screening process Gonzales went through to become a foster parent, but he said it has become stricter since this incident. The state now gives more extensive background checks, and families get more intrusive home visits to make sure there are no signs of abuse, Knell said.
"When this kind of thing happens even once, it's once too many," Knell said.
Gonzales faces more than 100 years in prison. He was convicted last month and hasn't been sentenced.
CYFD officials said they don't believe that Gonzales targeted any other foster children.