Pasco DCF employee, husband accused of sexually abusing 13-year-old girl

Pasco County

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — A 34-year-old Pasco County woman and employee with the Florida Dept. of Children and Families is accused of sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl.

An arrest report states Sarah Frances Adams, an administrative assistant with DCF, and her husband engaged in sexual relations with the girl, who was known to the couple.

During a previous investigation, the teenager told police Thomas Adams was sexually abusing her. In a “controlled phone call,” investigators heard Adams say he did not want the woman to get in trouble for her involvement.

A search warrant was obtained for Adams’ phone, which later revealed conversations between the two about a third participant in the victim and male suspect’s sexual relations. The third party was referred to as “her” and “she.”

Detectives spoke to the victim about the conversation, and the girl reportedly stated that on Nov. 1, 2019, while Sarah and Thomas were having sex, the woman performed a sexual act on her against her will. She was 13 years old at the time.

Additionally, over the course of several years, Sarah Adams allegedly enticed her husband to engage in sexual activity with the victim. Police said Sarah Adams was aware of her husband’s sexual relations with the girl and failed to report it in a timely manner.

A high bond was requested “due to the severity of the charges and the defendant’s contact with other children due to her employment with the Department of Children and Families.”

News Channel 8 spoke with the CEO and president of the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, Clara Reynolds, on how anyone over the age of 13 who is sexually assaulted can utilize and go to the non-profit for help.

“When a person who you trust, you are a little person, this is a person that is in a caretaker role, more than likely it’s somebody that you trust and they violate that trust, you can feel like you’ve got nowhere to go,” Reynolds said.

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April 24 2021 08:00 am

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