East Bay News
Sisters sue church, city, county for failing to stop abuse
ANTIOCH, Calif. (KGO) -- Six sisters from Antioch are suing the city, the county and their church. They're accusing public and church officials of failing to respond to years of sexual abuse by their own parents.
The Dutro girls were four biological siblings and two cousins, all raised as sisters.
"Their story is unimaginable, but the scariest part is that it's true," the Dutro's attorney Jason Runckel said.
The sisters are now adults looking back on what they say were 20 years, from the time they were toddlers, of sexual abuse by their parents.
The oldest daughter, Amber, who is now 32, told ABC7 News by phone, that those they turned to for help ignored them.
"Six little girls were completely left and I can't stand by and let it happen again," she said.
She and her sisters are now suing the city of Antioch and three police officers, Contra Costa County Child Protective Services and their church, Calvary Open Bible Church and two pastors.
"They didn't do the job they were mandated to do and trained and supervised to do," Runckel said. "They were supposed to protect them."
Runckel says in 1995, one of the girls told her pastor about the abuse. The lawsuit claims he then tipped off her father before alerting child protective services days later.
"It made it hard to trust anybody, especially coming from a church," Amber Dutro said.
According to the suit, once child protective services and the police got involved, neither talked to the girls alone, away from their parents. Her father received probation.
"The police officers that are, you know, you grow up with thinking they are superheroes, they weren't," Amber Dutro said.
Bruce Zion Dutro and his wife Glenda were arrested in 2009 and sentenced to prison last year after the girls gathered their courage and went back to police. They were motivated after Amber learned that, with the help of Calvary Open Bible Church, her parents were trying to adopt a family from Mexico.
The sisters say they have filed the lawsuit because they want reforms so no one else suffers like they did.
"This isn't about money, it's about changing things," Amber Dutro said.
Lynn Tracy Nerland, the Antioch city attorney, said in statement, "Like everyone, we wish that this outcome had occurred sooner. When Zion Dutro confessed to an earlier single incident, the mother's involvement in aiding and abetting the on-going abuse against all of the girls was not known."
Neither the church not the county has commented on the lawsuit.
Zion Dutro is serving 300 years in state prison. The girls' mother is serving 15 years.
antioch, contra costa county, children, lawsuit, east bay news, carolyn tyler
- Search on for man who went missing after B2B race
- Hundreds of food workers strike at AT&T Park in SF
- Gay soccer player Robbie Rogers joins LA Galaxy
- Santa Cruz police arrest crime plot mastermind
- Elderly woman with Alzheimer's missing in Palo Alto 46 min ago
- UK police arrest 3 more men in soldier's slaying
- PG&E disputes record fine for San Bruno blast
- San Francisco man with brain injury missing
- Millions march against Monsanto in over 400 cities
- Wildfire near Interstate 580 in Livermore now contained 22 min ago
- Limos without valid permits listed on airport website
- abcnews: How to stay safe at amusement parks
- roundup: Machete murder; PG&E fights fine
- weather: Bay Area weather forecast for Saturday
Most Viewed StoriesMost Viewed VideoMost Viewed Photos