Thursday, July 02, 2015

County mental health official arrested

The Santa Cruz Sentinel reports:
A 56-year-old Santa Cruz County children’s mental health worker was charged with sexual assault of a child in Santa Cruz Superior Court on Tuesday.

Christopher Douglas McCauley, who has posted $100,000 bail, pleaded not guilty and was ordered back in court July 23, Judge John Salazar ruled. McCauley faces 15 years to life in prison if convicted, prosecutor Rafael Vazquez said outside court.

McCauley, of Live Oak, is accused of attacking a child 1995, authorities said. The alleged victim was not a mental health client, and the report recently was made to Child Protective Services, according to the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office.

McCauley has worked for County Mental Health for about 20 years.
He was earning $100k per year in salary and benefits.

I hesitate to post this, because a story like this can destroy a man's career, and the accusation might be completely false. He is innocent until proven guilty.

I do not even know what the article means when it says "accused of attacking a child 1995". If the accusation is about a 1995 attack, then it should be dismissed for all the reasons that we have a statute of limitations.

If a crime was really committed, then why didn't the victim or parent report it directly to police? I would not trust CPS if it were my child.
Sheriff’s deputies have said there might be other victims.

The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office asks anyone with information to call 831-471-1121.
Do they have the goods on this guy or not? Maybe they only suspect him, so they figured that they could arrest him and put out the call for more victims and evidence. If that is the case here, I would hate to think that I cooperated in an evil plot to ruin a man's reputation.

If he has really been molesting kids for 20 years, and using his position as a County children's mental health worker to recruit victims, then I hope that they throw the book at him, and fire his supervisors and enablers as well.

But I doubt it.

I am not sure which is worse. That the County would employ a child molester in a position like this, or that it would frame an innocent man. Based on what I know about CPS, both seem possible.

His lawyer or his friends are welcome to post here anything in his defense.


Anonymous said...

It's weird that the alleged offense happened 20 years ago and that's when he went to work for County Mental Health. It's also weird that the County has jobs for Mental Health Client Specialists at all. Let us shrink your head for you.

Whatever the statute of limitations is, maybe it only starts running when an alleged child victim finally comes forward. It's doubtful that the D.A. would bother to file charges if they didn't expect to get over that hurdle.

Anonymous said...

Well..... There is obviously more to this story than what the Sentinel and local media provided. This man will never receive the justice he deserves.