Keith Woodhouse Convicted
Keith Woodhouse was convicted today of 30 felony counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 14. Woodhouse was hired by Child Development Center, Inc. (CDI) to work at its day-care programs at Trace and El Rancho Elementary Schools in San Jose. While working at these locations, Woodhouse molested nine young girls.
Childhood molestation attorney Robert Allard, representing seven of the victims, issued the following statement. “The families are relieved that criminal justice has been imposed on a serial pedophile. Now we can turn our attention to repairing the damage to these children by holding accountable those organizations which allowed this to happen. Both the then-current and former employer of Woodhouse knew or should have known that he presented a grave risk to children. As a result, steps should have been taken to protect them. Instead, they were left vulnerable and unprotected and as a consequence savagely molested.”
Allard filed separate lawsuits against Child Development Centers, Inc. and Church on the Hill. The lawsuit against Child Development Centers, Inc. alleged that the state's largest child care facility failed to supervise Keith Woodhouse as required by the law. In a lawsuit against Church on the Hill, the complaint alleged that the church provided a false and misleading recommendation for former employee Keith Woodhouse even though it knew Woodhouse had been accused of inappropriate behavior with young kids. The case against CDI was settled during trial. A jury found Church on the Hill negligent for its actions.
Attorney Robert Allard works closely with victims of childhood molestation and their families. He is dedicated to holding predators and the institutions which enable them responsible for the harm caused to young kids.