Former Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department psychologist, Michael Dane Ward, 46, serving a sentence of 98 years to life in state prison for molesting two young family members in La Cañada Flintridge, is being sued by the boy and girl.
Ward was sentenced in Los Angeles Superior Court on Jan. 30. The crimes occurred between October 2013 and November 2015, when the boy and girl were each under the age of 10, according to court documents. “Ward preyed on plaintiffs’ vulnerable ages when he perpetrated such heinous acts,” according to the Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit filed Friday.
The boy is now 13 and his sister is 12. The suit was filed on their behalf by their mother and alleges childhood sexual abuse, gender violence, assault, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Ward repeatedly tied up and sexually abused the boy, the suit alleges, and engaged in “naked wrestling” with the girl. The abuses occurred at various places, including the children’s bedrooms, and in April 2016 the children told their mother about the abuses, the suit alleges.
“La Cañada Flintridge boy, girl molested by former sheriff’s department psychologist sues,” City News Service, 6 Aug 2018, https://www.pasadenastarnews.com/2018/08/06/la-canada-flintridge-boy-girl-molested-by-former-sheriffs-department-psychologist-sues/