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Ronda Storms hammers lax oversight of sex at group home



State senators on Tuesday called for the closure of a home for developmentally disabled men in Seffner that permitted sex between its residents, and demanded greater accountability from the state agency that oversees the facility.

The Senate Committee on Children, Families and Elder Affairs delivered a scathing rebuke of the Agency for Persons with Disabilities for not adequately addressing allegations of sexual abuse and lax supervision at the Human Development Center, a Hillsborough County group home provider. Senators wondered why these issues had not been addressed in the more than two years since complaints first arrived at the office of the Tampa Bay region's area administrator.

That man, Carl Littlefield, was promoted Friday by Gov. Rick Scott to director of the Agency for Persons with Disabilities.

"In two years, he never reached out to me," said Sen. Ronda Storms, R-Valrico, who called the hearing after reading an investigation in the St. Petersburg Times published in December. "In two years, he never picked up the phone." Read more about it here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, February 9, 2011 9:00am]


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