Gay Couple On Trial For Alleged Sexual Abuse
George Harasz and Douglas Wirth, a married gay couple from Connecticut, intend to publicly fight allegations that say they sexually abused some of their foster sons.
The couple, who adopted nine boys from three families over the last decade, were arrested in December of 2011 after two of the foster children came forward with claims of abuse, according to the Hartford Courant.
Harasz, 48, was charged with sexual assault in the first degree, two counts of injury to a minor, aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault in the third degree and cruelty to persons. Wirth, 43, was charged with sexual assault in the third degree and injury to a minor.
Relatives and friends refute the allegations and both men plead not guilty in January.
George Matuza, a friend of the couple told a TV station that,
“George and Doug are pretty well off, from what I’ve heard, they [the accusers] wanted money and when they didn’t want to give them the money, all of a sudden this came out.”
“This case needs to be tried so these men can clear their names,” says Harasz’s attorney Hubert J. Santos.
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