Foster dad accused of sexually abusing young girls

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BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A foster dad is in jail, accused of sexually abusing two young girls in his care.

Dillard Duane Henline Jr., 50, of Barboursville, is charged with 10 counts of sexual abuse, a felony.

He is in the Western Regional Jail on $140,000 bond.

The Children's Advocacy Center in Charleston contacted West Virginia State Police on July 19 about two young girls. The kids, ages 7 and 11, told investigators they were sexually abused and assaulted in their foster home.

The girls identified their attacker as Henline.

Court records described the alleged abuse in details too graphic to share.

The 11-year-old told officers Henline called the abuse "special treatment."

Troopers say the girls were able to give important details, but seemed upset and embarrassed about what happened.

Both girls said the alleged crimes happened at Henline's home.

According to court records, the victims were in Henline's care for a little less than two months.

Cpl. Marlene Moore with the WVSP Crimes Against Children Unit says cases in foster care are rare.

"They disclosed in great detail however there's thousands of children in foster care, there's thousands of foster homes in West Virginia and there's a lot of good people that reach out that want to take care of these children that need a good home," Cpl. Moore said.

The DHHR released a statement in regard to the abuse allegations:

"The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Children and Families takes the safety and well-being of each child in West Virginia very seriously; however, due to privacy policies, we are unable to discuss a particular case."

They added that all foster parents must go through a process that includes a criminal background check and Child Protective Services check.

It is unclear how long Henline has been a foster parent but troopers say they believe this abuse was an isolated incident.