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CFSA Interim Director Was Sued in Sex Case

Roque Gerald, interim director of the troubled Child and Family Services Agency, has arrived face to face with his past. As Post reporter Ian Shapira reports, it seems that in 1989, Gerald had sex with a suicidal and depressed patient who ended up suing him for damages.

It's a fact that city officials said is overshadowed by his work since the incident. The case ended up going to the Virginia Supreme Court, which ruled in favor of the patient and said that the she had a right to a jury trial.

"If you look at his career since 1989, it's been very distinguished. It seemed to me that this wasn't a disqualifying factor. His résumé has been quite amazing," said Peter J. Nickles, the city's acting attorney general.

CFSA's former director, Sharlynn E. Bobo, resigned last week under pressure. The agency has been overwhelmed with a backlog of cases and has struggled as several children have died on its watch.

A question for city officials: Did Gerald's past come up when he was first hired?

By Marcia Davis  |  July 21, 2008; 8:07 AM ET
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