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Former Tulsa foster parent sent to prison for child sex-abuse

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on Sat, 07/21/2012 - 07:30
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Note: If this skumbag was in Australia and did this, he would be lucky to get six months jail.

A former Tulsa foster parent pleaded guilty Thursday to sexually abusing three girls, two of whom were foster children in his care.

A Tulsa County judge sentenced Donald Ellis Lehmbeck to 35 years in prison.

Lehmbeck, 65, pleaded guilty to five felony counts — four counts of child sexual abuse and one count of possessing obscene or indecent writings.

Two of the abuse counts involved a girl, then age 6, who is a relative of a woman who lived with Lehmbeck in the 6800 block of West 41st Place.

Lehmbeck was charged March 24, 2011, in that matter. He was arrested a day later at a Texas airport while en route to Costa Rica, law enforcement officials reported.

The other two abuse counts were filed in June 2011, when Lehmbeck was in the Tulsa Jail. Those counts involve girls who were placed in his foster care by the Department of Human Services.

One girl lived at Lehmbeck’s residence in January and February 2011, and the other was in his care in 2009, court records show.

One of those girls was 9 or 10 years old and the other was 4 or 5 years old at the time of the offenses, records show.

In the obscenity count, prosecutors alleged that Lehmbeck’s computer contained “numerous narrative stories describing sexual acts between adults and prepubescent children,” a document says.

In accordance with a plea agreement, District Judge James Caputo sentenced Lehmbeck on Thursday to 35 years in prison. By law he is required to serve 85 percent — almost 30 years, which would extend the sentence to around his 95th birthday — before becoming eligible for release.

Lehmbeck has spent more than 15 months in the Tulsa Jail and gets credit on his sentence for time already served.

By BILL BRAUN World Staff Writer


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A former employee of the state Department of Human Services has been charged with committing a sex crime against a teenage girl in foster care while he was on staff with DHS.

Ronald Jay Green II, 23, was charged Thursday in Tulsa County District Court with one count of forcible oral sodomy, and Special Judge David Youll issued a warrant for his arrest.

Green worked in the Stillwater DHS office from May through October 2010 as a temporary social worker aide and was paid $8.80 an hour, according to DHS spokeswoman Sheree Powell.

On Sept. 13, 2010, Green was transporting a 15-year-old foster child from Stillwater to a Tulsa placement when he allegedly engaged in the sex act, said Jessica Brown, a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

The victim came forward last year with the allegations, and the OSBI was called by Stillwater police Sept. 26 to oversee the investigation, Brown said.

The alleged abuse occurred in Tulsa County, Brown said.

Green has no disciplinary actions on file with DHS because the allegations were made after he resigned, Powell stated in an email.

"The accusations against Mr. Green are disgusting and extremely disturbing," Powell wrote. "The safety of the children entrusted into our care is our top priority. Although the disclosure of this incident came out almost a year after Mr. Green resigned from (DHS), our staff immediately reported it to the proper authorities for investigation."

The commission overseeing the DHS this month agreed to a settlement agreement of a federal class-action lawsuit that had alleged abuses in the state's foster-care system. Part of the allegations involved staffing, training and reasonable workloads to ensure the safety of children while they are in DHS care.

The settlement agreement has to be approved by a federal judge.

The suit was filed by Children's Rights, a New York-based child advocacy group.

By GINNIE GRAHAM World Staff Writer