CPS works to suppress video evidence, keep 5-year-old separated from innocent parents

5-year-old Stevie (Courtesy photo)
5-year-old Stevie (Courtesy photo)
5-year-old Stevie Rolick (Courtesy photo)

By:  Barry Cooper

VENTURA COUNTY, CA — In a bizarre case of what some are calling government-sponsored kidnapping, California Child Protective Services (CPS) recently punished a war veteran for recording a CPS worker and now the agency is seeking a court order to stop the father from recording them. The two videos below are what CPS considers private and therefore cannot be viewed by the public.  In an attempt to hide their inner workings from the public, CPS requested an emergency hearing for Tuesday, March 25th,  and will be asking a Ventura County judge to order the removal of both videos.

Earlier in March, NeverGetBusted was contacted for help by William “Scott” Rolick, age 37, who served honorably as a U.S. Navy Seabee and completed tours in Iraq.  Scott and his wife Sara have been recently battling CPS over custody of their 5-year-old daughter, Stevie.  Scott provided NeverGetBusted with video proving that CPS had placed his daughter in a dangerous environment and that the agency was trying to force him to take parenting classes and drug classes even though neither parent had broken any laws.

On March 19, 2014, NeverGetBusted — in line with its humanitarian mission of freeing the unjustly imprisoned — published a video compilation of what Mr. Rolick had provided in an effort to help him save Stevie (posted below).

Shortly after exposing the corruption, a CPS supervisor, Carmin Franko, called and punished Stevie’s father, citing that he “broke the law” by making the recording of the CPS worker in the first video below.  This conversation was also recorded.  In the second video below, Franko can be heard on the phone reprimanding the father and stating it’s illegal to record government agents.  Sources also told NeverGetBusted the Ventura Police Department wants to question Scott about the videos posted in this article.  For punishment, CPS will not allow a parent/child visitation unless it’s supervised and they are claiming there is nobody to supervise a visitation.

According to CPS, a government agency responsible for the care of American children, they are privileged in California and it is illegal to record them without their knowledge.  One has to wonder that if it’s legal to record police and federal agents in California, then why not CPS?  According to a Huffington Post publication , federal judges across the nation are striking down and admonishing states who make arrests for filming public officials. This excerpt is taken from that article:

“The 7th Circuit Court found a specific First Amendment right to record police officers. It’s the second federal appeals court to strike down a conviction for recording police. In August 2011, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit ruled that a man wrongly arrested for recording cops could sue the arresting officers for violating his First Amendment rights. That decision also found a broad First Amendment right to record on-duty government officials in public: “Gathering information about government officials in a form that can readily be disseminated to others serves a cardinal First Amendment interest in protecting and promoting ‘the free discussion of governmental affairs.”  The 1st and 7th circuit decisions mean that it is now technically legal to record on-duty police officers in every state in the country. Unfortunately, people are still being arrested for it. Police officers who want to make an arrest to intimidate would-be videographers can always use broadly written laws that prohibit public disorder, interfering with a police officer, or similar ordinances that give law enforcement wide discretion. The charges are almost always either subsequently dropped or dismissed in court, but by then the innocent person has been illegally detained, arrested, sometimes jailed, and possibly paid expensive legal fees.”  

Instead of CPS seeing the below video and correcting their mistake by returning the war vet’s daughter, they chose to pursue criminal charges against Scott who is only doing what any good father should do.

According to legal experts, while California law implies the communication has to be confidential, one could argue that since the social worker was reviewing a court order in the video, something that’s public record, then the content of the conversation was NOT confidential and therefore it was not illegal to record. Also, recording the meeting is a way of having a record of exactly what was expected of the father in order to ensure that he did everything possible to get his child back. Any reasonable parent would want to make sure they understand what’s going on so recording a CPS meeting shouldn’t be illegal, it should be encouraged.

Another lawyer’s opinion who wishes to remain anonymous stated:  “As I recall, California has an exception – you can surreptitiously record someone to gather proof of extortion/blackmail.”

In the past, I asked you to help us free Yolanda Madden, from prison and you did.  The I asked you to help us  free a 17 year old for making an “F” on his report card and you did.  Then, I asked you to help us free a man serving 30 years for marijuana seeds and you did. Now I’m asking you to please help us free a 5 year old little girl from a lice infested and abusive foster home.  The manner in which the government took Stevie from her parents is bizarre and many agree was an act of kidnapping.

Video 1:  Hostile conditions in foster home; CPS tells dad to take parenting/drug classes.  (Removed)
Video 2:  A CPS supervisor claims that filming Stevie and filming CPS workers was illegal.  (Removed)

Editor’s note:  (April 3, 2014)  The Ventura County Superior Court has issued a gag order on the Rolicks as they battle to regain custody of their daughter.   This includes an order to remove all of the CPS and foster-care video clips originating from the Rolicks.  In an effort to abide by the court order, the Rolick family and their attorney have contacted Police State USA and requested that all videos originating from the Rolicks be removed from the internet.   Police State USA has obliged in removing links to YouTube videos in hopes that their nightmare can end as soon as possible.

This is the backstory:  Scott and Sara Rolick, Stevie’s parents, were raided because their grandfather who resides with them was caught selling drugs miles from the home.  Police found a small amount of the grandfather’s contraband and rightfully, did not arrest or charge Scott and Sara with any crime. The grandfather no longer resides with the Rolick family.

Five days later, California Child Protective Services returned with the police. To prove Scott and Sara were drug free, they both agreed to take a drug test at the police station. They both passed and were released.

To their horror, they learned CPS had placed Stevie, their 5 year old daughter, in and abusive foster home.  The CPS worker, Christy Byrne,  lied in the report claiming Scott and Sara were under arrest and charged with being under the influence of a narcotic.

Scott’s and Sara’s home has been described as “the playground of the neighborhood” where other parents allow their children to play.  The foster home holding Stevie has all the toys wrapped in plastic baggies because of a lice infestation and the older kids bully Stevie and their aggressive behaviors are a daily routine.  Watch the video and listen to the teenage boy scream curses as he pounds on Stevie’s foster home door.

Before Stevie can be reunited with her parents, CPS is ordering Scott to attend a parenting class, a drug class and attend AA meetings. Since the father is not a drug user, he rightfully refusing to take any such classes.

You can help.  The emergency hearing to halt video taping CPS is Tuesday, March 25, 2014. Stevie’s court date is April 2, 2014.  Please help reunite Stevie with her loving parents by calling CPS and explaining lying and/or falsifying a government document is a crime especially when used to kidnap a well cared for and healthy child.  Act as if this were your child under arrest.  People have the right to band together to protect an individual.  Also, please comment on the YouTube website in response to both videos provided above.  Share this story and sound off publicly in an effort to give Stevie Rolick a voice.

Contact information is provided below.  Together lets make sure the Rolick family is reunited.


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Ventura, California Child Protective Services:
Carmen Franco (Supervisor who stated recording CPS was unlawful)
(805) 654-3444

Christy Byrne (CPS worker who lied on report)
(805) 654-3444

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1 Comment on CPS works to suppress video evidence, keep 5-year-old separated from innocent parents

  1. It isn’t as if any rational person still believes the USA is a free country. 

    Think about it.  No-warrant wire taps, indefinite detention of citizens without charges, approval of rendition of prisoners and torture, stop and frisk without probable cause, search and seizure without a warrant, no-knock entry, confiscation and destruction of cameras that might have been used to film police acting illegally, police brutality, police shootings that go without  investigation, managed news, and the civil-rights destroying “Patriot” Act.

    Acts of police and government officials (like these) behaving illegally, with shootings, Tasers, and unwarranted violence now appear almost daily.  Rarely are these offenses punished.  Most often “an investigation” is claimed, but soon forgotten.


In addition, the USA, with 5% of the world population, has 25% of all of the prisoners in the world.  That means the USA has the most people in prison of any nation in history.  Even by percentage of residents incarcerated, not just sheer numbers.  USA is # 1

    Does any of that sound like a free country?

    As Dwight D. Eisenhower said about communism, “It’s like slicing sausage.  First they out off a small slice.  That isn’t worth fighting over.  Then they take another small slice that isn’t worth fighting over.  Then another and another.  Finally, all you have left is the string and that isn’t worth fighting over, either.

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