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Foster care dad charged with rape and torture of kids

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COURTLAND, AL (WAFF) - An intense investigation by the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department and the Department of Human Resources into incidents of child abuse netted one arrest,41-year-old Gregory Lee Terry of Courtland.

"After speaking with him and receiving a confession from these events, he's charged with rape 1st degree," said Tim McWhorter, an investigator with the Lawrence County Sheriff's office.

Terry was charged with rapping a 14-year-old girl and tortured or willful child abuse to her brother.

 "There was a 16-year-old white male who was also in his care and the allegations were made the child was struck several times with a fishing rod across the child's back," said McWhorter.

McWhorter said the boy had whelps and scars.

What's surprising is Terry was the foster dad to these children, and because the state is hurting for foster families, there's concern this arrest could further hurt the program.

Screenings for foster care parents are strenuous and prospects go through special training.

"These training's last for ten weeks, not consecutive weeks. It's one night a week, you do have homework. Once that is completed, then we go in and do a home study," Tyron Newton, Lawrence County DHR Director.

Newton said they look at where the child will eat, sleep and more.

"And also for no safety hazards in the home, a place to put their clothes, so they will feel like they're a part of the family," said Newton.

Newton said the need for foster parents is great;in the meantime, Terry is free on an 80-thousand dollar bond.

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