King County settles juvenile-jail sex case with $300,000 to victim
A Burien man who as a teenager was coerced into sex with the woman who was his juvenile jail counselor will be awarded $300,000 from King County as part of a civil court settlement.
Seattle Times staff reporter
A Burien man who was coerced into sex five years ago with his juvenile jail counselor will be awarded $300,000 from King County as part of a civil court settlement.
Mental-health counselor Flor-Mari Crisostomo plied the then-17-year-old inmate with candy and promises that he could call his family if he had sex with her, according to court records. Crisostomo was treating the youth after a suicide attempt, said his lawyer, Lincoln Beauregard.
At the time, Crisostomo was employed by the University of Washington and assigned to work at the King County Youth Detention Center. She counseled the teen between June and August 2007 when he was being held before being convicted of armed robbery.
Crisostomo was a married mother of two.
"She basically took advantage of him," Beauregard said. "She was in the ultimate position of trust. At the time this occurred he was suicidal, he was cutting his wrists."
In February 2009, Crisostomo was sentenced to six months in jail after being convicted in criminal court of sexual misconduct.
As part of the sentence she was ordered to undergo mental-health and sexual-deviancy treatment and register as a sex offender. She is also barred from counseling juveniles, contacting the victim and being alone with children.
According to the state Department of Health, her counseling and her marriage-and-family-therapist licenses were been revoked because of the sex acts.
Beauregard, who along with colleague Timothy Chiang-Lin represented the victim, said the settlement with King County was reached last week but that the paperwork was finalized Tuesday.
Crisostomo, 44, could not be reached Tuesday.
According to criminal charges in the sex case, she told investigators that she was in love with the boy. While the youth told Seattle police that they had sex a number of times, including on the floor during a counseling session, Crisostomo told police that they did not have sexual intercourse.
"It's unfortunate this happened in the first place," said King County Adult and Juvenile Detention Cmdr. William Hayes. "The person who committed the crime was not a King County employee. In light of the incident, the county felt it was in the best interest to settle."
Beauregard said his client, who is now 23, plans to use some of the settlement money to get counseling and "get his life back on track."
Jennifer Sullivan: 206-464-8294 or firstname.lastname@example.org. On Twitter @SeattleSullivan.
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