Foster Father Sentenced for Abuse of Foster Kids

Three victims bravely came forward to disclose the truth.

Denalee Chapman January 13, 2015
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In February of 2012, Missouri foster father, Mark O’Brien, was arrested and charged with sodomy and child abuse. Years after being in his foster care, one of the boys told his parents about the abuse. The Child Advocacy Center interviewed the boy and investigators located and arrested O’Brien, seizing his laptop computer which had child pornography on it.

At some point throughout the trial a third child came forward with similar accusations. Two of the victims were under the age of 12 and the third was 14 years old when the abuse occurred. In August of 2014, O’Brien was found guilty of six counts of statutory sodomy and one count of child abuse. Following the guilty verdict he was taken into custody.

During the sentencing hearing last week, all three accusers spoke out — one of them sharing how he was forced to sleep outside without any protection after the abuse. At the end of the hearing O’Brien was sentenced to 55 years in prison with no chance of probation.

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Denalee Chapman

Denalee is an adoptive mother, a motivational speaker, a writer, and a lover of life. She and her husband have adventured through the hills and valleys of life to find that the highest highs and the lowest lows are equally fulfilling. Book Denalee to speak to your group, or find Denalee's writings, including her books on her website at

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