SEATTLE (AP) -- The Washington state Department of Social and Health Services has agreed to pay $7.3 million to three former foster children who were abused for years by their foster parent.
The three girls originally sought $45 million, alleging years of beatings, neglect and sexually victimization by Enrique Fabregas of the Seattle suburb of Redmond. The settlement was announced Friday by their lawyer David Moody.
DSHS spokesman Thomas Shapley tells KING-TV the state regrets "the harm these young women suffered at the hands of the man who was supposed to care for and protect them." Shapley says the agency will continue to work on improving the safety of children in their homes and in out-of-home placement.
Fabregas was sentenced in 2007 to four years in prison after pleading guilty to sexual exploitation of a minor and communicating with a minor for immoral purposes. The victim was one of his foster daughters. KING says he was later deported to Spain.
Information from: KING-TV, http://www.king5.com/