WA to pay $2.35M in abuse case settlement

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Washington state will pay $2.35 million to settle a lawsuit filed by a woman who alleged that two state agencies failed to protect her from a sex offender who abused her when she was a child.

The Superior Court lawsuit alleged that a paroled child rapist named Danny Dorosky Sr. was allowed to live with the victim's family.

The woman's suit alleged that the state Corrections Department knew Dorosky posed a danger to children. She also contended that the Department of Social and Health Services' Child Protective Services failed to protect her after school officials in Shelton reported the girl might be a sexual abuse victim.

Corrections spokeswoman Selena Davis confirmed the settlement Wednesday. A call to Social and Health Services after business hours was not immediately returned.

The woman's lawyers say Dorosky was on parole in 1990 when the abuse began. After the victim's father contacted law enforcement about the man in 1993, Mason County officials eventually arrested Dorosky. He was convicted of child molestation and rape. He died in 2004.