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Former Glastonbury couple names DCF head in lawsuit after being falsely accused

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George Harasz and Douglas Wirth. (Glastonbury police photos) George Harasz and Douglas Wirth. (Glastonbury police photos)

A former Glastonbury couple once accused of abusing nine adopted boys filed a lawsuit against the Department of Children and Families chief.

The $100 million suit by George Harasz and Douglas Wirth claimed DCF commissioner Joette Katz covered up sexual trauma in the backgrounds of some of the boys and rushed to judgement against the fathers.

Harasz and Wirth said Katz and DCF social workers hid the sexual misbehavior that a few of the boys had displayed before coming to live with the couple and then recklessly pursued charges against the fathers when two troubled boys made unsupported accusations against them.

The couple said their agreement with DCF included taking in the foster children, provided that they had not been sexually abused. They said they were concerned that having the boys live in a large family might be too much.

The couple claimed DCF rushed to take away the five youngest children.

"Instead of admitting a mistake, returning the five children, and helping the family with appropriate counseling, DCF started a long, twisted path of covering up,” said Sally Roberts, the couple’s attorney. “DCF was in a tough place having acted so quickly before investigating.”

The state had trouble proving the allegations once the couple’s case went to court, according to officials.

Testimony from the other children said the allegations were unfounded.

DCF Spokesman Gary Kleeblat told Eyewitness News that they "are unable to discuss a pending lawsuit."  

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