DCS worker charged with ignoring, covering up abuse

A Department of Children’s Services case worker faces felony charges of tampering with evidence and official misconduct in three cases of alleged physical or sexual abuse of children, according to the Columbia Daily Herald.

Christoper Cody Rose, 32, of Pulaski, was arrested Thursday on three counts of fabricating or tampering with evidence and three counts of official misconduct, according to Giles County Sheriff’s Department records. All are felony charges.

…In December 2013, Rose allegedly failed to report sexual abuse allegations. A juvenile allegedly claimed they were abused, and Rose did not tell police or those in his department, according to a grand jury indictment.

Rose was assigned to another case in March 2015 involving alleged sexual abuse, according to the indictment. He allegedly reported he conducted an interview with a juvenile and the victim made no allegations of abuse.

Rose never performed an interview, according to the document.

In April 2015, he was assigned to a case regarding alleged abuse and poor living conditions. Rose allegedly reported he conducted a home visit and found nothing wrong.

“No home visit was conducted, and the false report affected the outcome of the case,” according to the indictment.

Fabricating or tampering with evidence charges each carry three to six years in prison, Cooper said. Official misconduct charges each carry one to two years, he added.

…“In all three instances, you had children that desperately needed this person to do their job — which is to protect them — and that wasn’t done,” Cooper said. “We look at it as being something very serious.”

DCS spokesman Rob Johnson said Rose started with the department in September 2009 and resigned in April 2015. He declined to offer additional comment because the case remains under investigation.