Former worker at youth shelter charged with child sex abuse
HILLSBORO, Ore. — She was fired from a homeless shelter for allegedly having sex with an at-risk teenager, and now a Hillsboro woman has officially been indicted and charged with sex abuse.
KPTV reports police arrested 28-year-old Danielle Adams the day before Thanksgiving after a grand jury indicted her on charges of child sex abuse and furnishing alcohol to a minor.
Police say Adams had sex with a 17-year-old boy at Safe Place for Youth in Hillsboro, a shelter for homeless and at-risk youth.
Boys and Girls Aid of Oregon operates the shelter, and after watching surveillance footage of the night in question, program leaders say it was clear what happened and fired Adams immediately.
Adams wasn’t home when FOX 12 stopped by her apartment, but a man there said she is anxious to get her side of the story in front of the public.
According to Adams’ Facebook page, she is a psychology grad student at Pacific University.
The alleged victim’s mother, who only wants to be known as “Lisa,” told FOX 12 that makes this even more upsetting.
“Before she provided the alcohol, before she engaged in sexual acts with him, she first befriended him,” Lisa said. “She first gained his trust and she used her education to do that. That takes it to a whole other level.”
Lisa says her son is in counseling, but he doesn’t like to talk about what happened and he’s been regressing for weeks.
“Immediately after this incident, even before charges occurred, suddenly I’m getting reports that he’s breaking curfew,” she said.
Adams posted bail last week, so for now, she is out of custody. She will go to court for her arraignment on December 5, and Lisa plans to be there.
“I want her to look me in the face and know who I am,” she said. “I want her to know that what she did, damaged a child.”