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'Re-homed' by legislator, girl, 6, sexually assaulted

By Claudia Lauer , Doug Thompson , Spencer Willems

This article was published March 5, 2015 at 3:58 a.m.

State Rep. Justin Harris


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State Rep. Justin Harris let his two adopted daughters live with a man who later sexually assaulted the older, 6-year-old girl, the lawmaker said Wednesday, confirming a story first reported by the Arkansas Times.


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God_Loves_Me_Best says... March 5, 2015 at 5:08 a.m.

I love the self-serving narrative of victimhood that Harris has given here. The facts are that Harris "re-gifted" an already-abused adoptee to a child rapist who he had previously hired to work with young children at his pre-school. His stated hiring standard was that the child rapist was a "good Christian."

If you are naive, you can say that this was nothing more than really bad judgement from a person who should never be given responsibility for children or for legislatively determining family policy. If you are more jaded, you will note Harris's affiliation with Jerry Falwell's Liberty University, the place that produced Alabama's infamous Gary Aldridge.

Adopted children are not puppies who can be given away when you grow tired of them.

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23cal says... March 5, 2015 at 6:01 a.m.

Isn't this the same legislator who took over a million dollars in education funds from the state while running a christian ministry pre-school in violation of church/state separation laws? "Growing God's Kingdom"........how can anyone not know that is a church/state violation and you can't take state funds for that? Whoever stuck the "good Christian" label on this guy didn't realize they were indicting Christianity.
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From Religion and American Law (Bucknell U.) " this preschool has received over 1 million dollars since 2006 from the Arkansas Better Chance (ABC) program. The ABC program is funded by both federal and state task dollars and distributes money across all preschools in Arkansas. Growing God’s Kingdom is heavily religious based (as evident in the name of the program) and Christianity is included in the curriculum. This is evident in the preschool staff’s handbook, which instructs employees to “share the love of Jesus with these children” and “teach them the word of God.”

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arkieland says... March 5, 2015 at 6:08 a.m.

This could have been reported in the "Crime in Arkansas" section of the paper... if we'd only had laws in place to protect these children.

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WGT says... March 5, 2015 at 6:41 a.m.

All this mess. Pitiful and pathetic. These children ar scarred for life due to the hubris of "christians". If this is how "christianity" works, I want none of it. Get these children out of this "family" and to an environment of safety.

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herenow says... March 5, 2015 at 7:25 a.m.

Justin Harris is a disgrace to the state. He should be removed from any position of leadership in the Arkansas Legislature. My guess is that there will be no repercussions to him for his part in the abuse of these innocent children. But, he is one of those who spoke strongly about how abortion should be outlawed.
Bring those kids into the world but after that, they are fair game for abuse, both sexual and physical. His attitude seems to be, "We did our part, we got them birthed, but now they are on their own."
Not saying they should have been aborted so don't flame me on that comment. My point is they deserve protection in life, just as they do in being born.
Harris took those kids to raise. Adoption is not an easy process to complete. But then he gave them away like an unwanted puppy.
The shame of it is beyond my understanding.

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MeadowcliffMafia says... March 5, 2015 at 8:24 a.m.

"Re-homed?" Really? How about calling it what it is? "Child trafficking"

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JakeTidmore says... March 5, 2015 at 8:28 a.m.

Let's rehome Justin Harris to another state.

Apparently Nate Bell is condemning folks to hell who report the story about Harris. Who elects such self-righteous Pharisees?

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God_Loves_Me_Best says... March 5, 2015 at 8:48 a.m.

If they are not being bought off, area law enforcement agencies need to investigate whether this is part of the adoption ring run by one of the NW Arkansas mega-churches. These rings are notorious for buying children stolen from their families in Asia and Central America. They often work hand in glove with the big-money "crisis pregnancy" adoption mills.

Many people are suspicious that there may be something even more sinister here. It should certainly raise red flags if a child rapist has been given children by one of his buddies without going through legal channels.

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Nodmcm says... March 5, 2015 at 9:14 a.m.

Sad to say, but these two little girls would have obviously been better off in a Muslim preschool, learning Sharia Law, than in the hands of this bunch of "Christians." Hate to say it, but whenever a grown man, like the child rapist Eric Francis, seeks a job at a preschool, perhaps an alarm should go off somewhere. Sort of like scoutmasters and big brother volunteers, sadly, molesters seek jobs that place them near their preferred victims. All of this is sad and horrible, but quite human. Are church preschools the new place for pedophiles to go to have sex with youngsters?

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libertas2u says... March 5, 2015 at 9:33 a.m.

While the legislator takes up the issue of re-homing adopted children, the greater need and issue is to pass legislation mandating that circuit courts refer any family court case to the prosecutor's officer where sexual abuse allegations have been made, regardless of whether DHS deems the report substantiated. There are numerous cases that can be cited right now, but when the allegation is made in the family court it stays there with incredibly the alleged abuser receiving court ordered visitation or even custody. Governor Beebe with his righteous indignation, knows of one horrific case and did nothing, so his attack on this senator (a Republican) is very obviously partisan and not out of any great concern for the children.

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