The 55-year-old man pictured above was hauled out of a conservative Christian church nearby about a week ago on charges he had raped and sexually abused his three daughters, one adopted daughter and two foster daughters, over seven years. Police found child pornography and videos of Enrique Fabregas raping and assaulting the girls, the oldest beginning when she was 12. He adopted the youngest child, now 12, when she was a baby, after having dated her mother when they were both in drug treatment. He gained access to the two older girls by dating their mother, and became their "foster parent" when their mother was sent to prison.
Along with raping and sexually assaulting the girls, he urged them to shoplift and congratulated them when they got away with it. If they got caught or acted out or complained, he would call the police and report them as a "concerned parent."
Over the years, child protective authorities received 28 complaints about Fabregas, eight of them complaints that he was sexually abusing the girls, but all were dismissed as "unfounded." And why? Because his daughters sometimes recanted. He had threatened them, had warned them that he had once killed someone who told on him and was never caught for it, told the oldest he would no longer supply her with the cocaine and ecstasy he had forced on her beginning at age 12 and to which she had become addicted. Because he was a church-going man, involved in choir and community programs like "Big Brothers." Because he had a sheaf of testimonials as to his character and fine parenting skills, probably written by the same people who testified for him in the late '90s when he wanted to get a license for foster care, despite having a criminal history of drugs, assault, theft and weapons violations which spanned 20 years. As a result of these glowing testimonials, judges in two counties adjudged Fabregas rehabilitated and approved him as both a foster and adoptive parent. When the oldest daughter contacted a police deputy, at first the deputy did not believe the girl and believed Fabregas, who chalked the reports up to the girls' mothers, making "false reports" about him.
His scheme began to unravel when state officials finally took note of the many complaints against him and asked him to undergo a sexual deviancy evaluation, and he refused. The two foster daughters were then removed from his home, but not the youngest girl, whom he had adopted.
Finally a detective involved in the case believed the oldest girl and Fabregas was arrested and his home searched. When he was interviewed at the police station and presented with photographs in which he was clearly raping and abusing one of his daughters, he first claimed she was 18 when the picture was taken, (so it was okay, I suppose), then claimed she had drugged him unconscious and must have taken the photo without his knowledge, then claimed the photo could not have been of him because he was impotent (despite a mountain of photographic evidenced that he wasn't), and finally claimed to have taken the photos as part of a Drug Enforcement Agency investigation, which detectives quickly debunked. When he was arrested, he was making plans to leave the country.
Given what we know as a culture, that 1 in 3 to 1 in 4 girls will be sexually assaulted by the time they are 17, and given what we know as women — that the number is far, far higher than that, that it is likely that over half of all girls are sexually assaulted by men and boys before they are 17 — I don't believe it is right to place girl children in the care of single men, not as foster providers, not as adoptive parents. We all know, however great the effort to find exceptions, that by and large women do not sexually assault their daughters, either their biological daughters, their adopted daughters or their foster daughters. While they may abuse their daughters in other ways, men also abuse their daughters in other ways. And while it may be true that girls may be sexually violated when there is a woman in the home, at least there is less opportunity and some likelihood that the asshole will get caught. At the very least we can work much harder to spare this vulnerable population the horrors of sexual abuse at the hands of a male "care-giver" by rejecting single men as adoptive or foster parents to girl children.