Mother Allows Sex Offender Around Her Child, Sues U.S. Army, But She Should Sue Herself

“A Clarksville, Tenn. mother is suing the U.S. Army for $30 million after claiming that the Army’s “silence on a sex abuse investigation allowed a man to rape her daughter and videotape the act,” according to an Aug. 25 report from USA Today.

Joshua Cline, 29, was convicted last week of raping the woman’s 6-year-old daughter in 2008; but the mom’s lawsuit charges the Army with not informing her that Cline was being investigated, “ instead telling her that she didn’t have anything to worry about ….”

“It was devastating, absolutely devastating,” said the girl’s unnamed mother, who had a family relationship with Cline.

“I’ve lost a house, I’ve lost a job, I’ve lost my friends over it. I’ve lost a lot. I’m a single mom with two kids, and it’s been difficult. The Army needs to step up and take responsibility.”

Cline had returned from Iraq for two weeks in March, 2008 when according to court papers, “he molested the 6-year-old girl and videotaped the act.”

His crime came to light after the Army found out about him trying to sell that videotape depicting the child’s rape.

After seizing Cline’s computer in Oct. of 2008, the Army discovered additional child porn images and videos. The Army then contacted the mom “asking about some questionable pictures on Cline’s computer.”

“I straight-out asked them, ‘Should I let him into my home?'” she recalled. “And they said, ‘I’d watch her, but we don’t think there’s anything to worry about.'”

Months later, Cline raped the daughter again, who had just turned seven; and again he videotaped the molestation. Cline tried selling that videotape for $25,000.

The mother didn’t learn about her daughter’s sexual abuse until Jan. 2009, when the mother was arrested and charged with child abuse. The mother’s seven-year-old daughter and another newborn child were both taken away from her.

Eventually, the child abuse charges against the mom were dropped; and she has since regained full custody of both of her children.

Joshua Cline was sentenced to 27 years in a federal prison and an additional 50 years in a state prison after pleading guilty to both instances of raping the child. Both sentences are to be served concurrently.

The mom from Tenn. said that although the abuse has left her daughter damaged, the lawsuit filed against the U.S. Army isn’t about the money. She just wants to insure that her daughter is taken care of, and that ultimately, the Army is held accountable for not informing her of their investigation into Cline.

“The (amount) doesn’t matter to me,” she said. “I blame them for letting him victimize her again. They knew what he had done, and they hid it.”

She should be suing herself for allowing her child anywhere near this man. She was concerned enough to ask, “should I let him into my home?'” Then the army said, “I’d watch her, but we don’t think there’s anything to worry about.”

If anyone said that to me about my child, I would keep her 100 miles away from that man, and obviously the child was not watched as the woman was told to do.

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10 Responses to Mother Allows Sex Offender Around Her Child, Sues U.S. Army, But She Should Sue Herself

  1. Anonymous says:

    I am grateful God created within the human mind the ability to cope and survive what the human mind was never intended to endure or suffer—the horrendous, often unthinkable, cruelties of other human beings.

    • Alethea says:

      Yes anonymous. Me too. But eventually, the soul forces us to deal with what we survived. Eventually, we must face our demons and slay our dragons. Denial/repression/dissociation does not work forever.

      • Anonymous says:

        But eventually, the soul forces us to deal with what we survived.
        >I agree. This is where I am now.
        Denial/repression/dissociation does not work forever.
        >No…It sure does not. I was diagnosed as having some of the symptoms of DID and I resisted and I was appalled. I guess I didn’t understand… it is all about dissociation to survive trauma and abuse or neglect. I now recall all the dissociation I did during my childhood to survive abuse. I grew to love living inside of my head and feeling numb or like a “spaced out zombie all the time”. No pain… was how I think I felt. This isn’t working any longer and I am forced to enter therapy with a specialist in my area. He has gotten rave reviews for his treatment of dissociation and trauma or child sexual abuse. I am looking forward to the treatment and learning new tools and healing from a tumultuous childhood.
        I do not label myself as DID …I hate labels. Fortunately, my therapist is more interesting in treating me and not in labels.

    • Little Nel says:

      “the horrendous, often unthinkable, cruelties of other human beings.”

      It is tragic that the most innocent vulnerable of society, children, are often the targets or the recipients of all that bottled up hatred, anger and rage in an adult, that they had no part in causing.

      • Anonymous says:

        It is tragic that the most innocent vulnerable of society, children, are often the targets or the recipients of all that bottled up hatred, anger and rage in an adult, that they had no part in causing.
        _ I agree with you.
        On another note, I was picked out because I had a vulnerable, soft, sensitive, caring, loving, trusting, open persona as a child. This is what the person who victimized me… told me. I do believe all children are this way and that is why these perps are attracted to little children. And all they do is stir the angst…anxiety or dread of innocent little kids.

  2. Jess says:

    I think it’s disgusting that the army had a video of him raping a child and did nothing about it. They should be held accountable as well as the mom.

  3. Little Nel says:

    This mother’s attitude is deplorable.

    She wanted a man in her bed, so she ignored all the dangerous behavior and asked the Army what they thought about him and her daughter.

    The Army then warned her to be cautious, but she threw caution to the wind and exposed her daughter to the danger of rape, so she could comfort herself with organisms from a physically fit warrior.

    Now, she wants the U.S. Army to take responsibility for her daughter’s rape and exploitation.

    I’ll wager that any money that is awarded won’t go to the little victim, but will be spent for the comfort of the mother and her needs.

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