'Nudist' foster father charged with sex abuse of a child

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  • Curtaco Monroe, UT
    Sept. 12, 2018 6:02 p.m.

    He is the definition of evil. Already let down by her parents, enters foster care, and meets Mr. Hoskins. Just isn't fair. I hope she gets the help she needs, with a better job of screening her next foster parents.

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 12, 2018 5:30 p.m.

    "Outside of traffic tickets, court records show Hoskins has no prior criminal history in Utah."

    So, no criminal history in Utah. Good so far.

    What about the 49 other states?

  • Obama10 SYRACUSE, UT
    Sept. 12, 2018 2:49 p.m.

    If foster parents need to go through a background check before become foster parents, they may need to start doing a more indepth background check. I bet if you asked his neighbors, they may have been able to tell the investigator about his nudist actions before placing a 13 year old daughter in this house.

  • a_voice_of_reason Woods Cross, UT
    Sept. 12, 2018 1:40 p.m.

    This is so sad, and happens far to frequently. The large majority of foster parents are people trying to help these unfortunate children coming from incredibly varied and challenging backgrounds. That said, I'm disappointed at how often these things seem to take place. I feel for kids in foster care. They feel like pawns in the world and occurrences like this just reinforce that feeling. They've had (generally) tragic lives up to the point they enter "the system" and that system - while trying to be a vast improvement on what they've been through - brings as much instability to them as it does stability.

    I wish I had solutions to offer. I know DCFS does what they can and will take any reasonable suggestion for improvement seriously. My heart just goes out to these kids - especially the teens who feel hopeless about being adopted and having a real family.

  • Rocket Science Brigham City, UT
    Sept. 12, 2018 12:37 p.m.

    Well duh! When DCFS places children in foster homes where there is deviant behavior the propensity for something bad to happen goes way up.

    Why in the world did it take DCFS multiple visits of "While watching video of multiple visits … Zachary would hug and hold the victim on his belly. Zachary would then kiss the victim multiple times on the lips."?

    If one from the general public sees even once what may be signs of abuse we are obligated to report it or we may face strict penalties.