Samuel Caffey Child Sex Abuse Arrest: What We Know So Far By Cochran Douglas on June 06, 2023

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On June 2, 2023, 29-year-old Samuel Caffey was arrested on multiple counts including rape of a child and child molestation. Caffey worked as a Freshman Academy Counselor at Shelton High School for the past seven (7) years prior to his arrest and recent dismissal from the school district.

The team at Cochran Douglas is serving as victims’ rights advocates in this sexual abuse and assault case and investigating multiple claims. Our Tacoma, WA, law firm would like to cover the facts known about Caffey and his crimes as the story is unfolding. We hope that sharing this information with the community will encourage other victims or witnesses to come forward.

The Current Facts of the Case

The Mason County Sheriff's Office arrested Samuel Martin Caffey (who also goes by Sam Caffey) on five (5) counts, including but not limited to rape of a child in the third degree:

  • Delivery of a controlled substance
  • Possession of depictions of minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct
  • Rape of a child in the third degree
  • Child molestation in the third degree
  • Sexual misconduct with a minor in the first degree

The arrest was made after a 15-year-old female Shelton High School student was reported missing to the Sheriff’s Office on April 15, 2023. Shortly after being reported missing, the student was located by her family about a mile away from her home, with her high shool counsel Caffey. According to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office, both Caffey and the student were interviewed that same night by police, but law enforcement was unable to establish probable cause to effecuate an arrest.

Given the oddity of that initial encounter, detectives from the Mason County Sheriff's Office continued their investigation by contacting the Shelton School District and informing it of the incident. Through cooperation with the Shelton Police Department, additional complaints of inappropriate contact by Caffey toward other female students eventually came to light and were investigated.

Caffey was placed on Administrative Leave by the District and ultimately terminated as of his arrest on June 2, 2023, where he was arrested at his home without incident.

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Our Attorneys Can Help Survivors and Witnesses

The legal team at Cochran Douglas has a long record of favorable verdicts and settlements in child sexual assault and abuse cases. This includes lawsuits involving school districts. Notable cases include:

  • $3.25 million sexual abuse settlement against the state of Washington for failing to investigate child abuse and neglect allegations
  • $1 million sexual abuse settlement against Clover Park School District for their failure to protect a special needs student from a known child predator
  • $500,000 trial verdict against the Bethel School District for failing to protect a cognitively disabled child from sexual abuse and harassment
  • $210,000 settlement against the Tacoma School District for sexual abuse by a teacher

You can count on us to hold institutions accountable for failing to protect you or your child.

Our Lawyers Are Here for You

Attorneys Loren Cochran and Cole Douglas approach every case with compassion and understanding. Whether you’re a survivor of sexual assault or the parent or guardian of a child who was sexually abused, we will be here to listen to you and provide insight into your legal options.

Legal consultations with our trial lawyers are free, and there is no retainer fee if we take your case. We don’t get paid unless your case is successful.

If a school district or other organization was negligent in protecting you or your family from harm, we will help you seek damages to address the trauma and hardships experienced.

Need to Speak with an Advocate for Victims? Contact Our Law Firm

Cochran Douglas will continue to provide updates on our blog as new details on this case become available. If you would like to discuss the case further with our legal team, contact our Tacoma civil trial lawyers today.

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