Over 20 adult children have come forward to reveal what happen to them after years of having to deal with Santa Clara County Family Courts, as their parents divorced in the affluent Silicon Valley. The children . cloaked in anonymity by an empathic investigative reporter, are coming forward to tell what happened to them emotionally, physically and financially when they were forced to testify in judge's chambers, court ordered to have visitation with abusive parents, subjected to supervised visits with non abusive parents and left to deal with the shady " custody " experts who were paid by stealing money that should have gone for school and other basic expeses .
Hours of video have documented letters , emails and phone calls these children made from very young ages, seeking help from the outright abuse imposed on them over years of family courts dragging their parents through custody battle, which the children claim were perpetuated by a few greedy lawyers, custody experts and some very bad judges.
Now old enough to understand, many of the children described being sexually abused by court psychologists, intimidated by lawyers they were told represented them and mentally harmed by having to testify before judges who the children say clearly were trying to force the children to take sides against one of their parents. The children also describe how the court process financially strained their families, and mostly left their moms broke and barely able to pay bills while fathers ran around in Silicon Valley luxury .
In the raw video of the interviews with the children, they bravely speak out against children's lawyers who refused to return their calls, or investigate their claims. Most troubling is that lawyers , paid millions of dollars in fees to represent children , appear to have done nothing for the children , whom they were paid to represent, yet everything for the wealthy parent paying their bill.
Lawyers like Heather Allan are reported to have ignored drug abuse, domestic violence and other signs of danger as she remained in a cases for years, even as the children turned 16, 17 and 18, if a wealthy father paid the bill to have Ms. Allan keep the children from their mother. Ms. Allan issued requests for courts to deny mother's rights to FaceTime their own children , to visit their children , even to attend graduations of their children, long after they turned 18. Ms Allan never waivered in placing all custody with drug dependent and sexually permissive fathers, so long as the father's paid Ms. Allan's bills. The children knew the courts always granted Ms. Allan's requests, especially if a court involved Judge Grilli or Towery in the Sunnyvale Courthouse.
Brad Baugh is reported to be the worst of the worst. Children tell of meeting with him where he displayed PTSD like conduct and threatened the children . The children claim Mr. Baugh asked them to lie to support the wealthier parent and disparaged the other parent , typically the mother , by telling them the mothers had " magical thinking " or wanted to run away and abandon them , when explaining their mother's absences and lack of custody time.
The children, describe protesting outside the court in the late 1990s , begging the public for help and some claim they wrote countless emails and letters up and down the state, including to Santa Clara County judges, and their letters were never answered and they never got any help , until they just turned 18.
And the judges? The children describe being terrified of judges who made them eventually grow to distrust the legal system. They describe Judge Stewart and Mary Ann Grillli as the worst of the worst, claiming Judge Grilli conducted interviews in her private chambers, where she used threatening facial expressions when the children attempted to express their wishes, especially if those wishes involved their mother. The children claim Grilli seemed like a witch , and manipulated their words, often sending them back to abusive parents, and subjecting the non- abusive parent to supervised visitation, which the children claim to be one of the most mentally damaging abuses they faced in the course of their lifetimes.
The role in this abuse by judges is apparent from the outrageous orders they issued, and where two names keep coming up to the point that some of the children believe they were so traumatized by appearing before Judge Stewart and Judge Grilli, that they turned to drugs, alcohol and risky sexual behavior. They describe the shame of being subjected to perverted and mentally abusive people, often custody experts they were formed to see , and who they constantly overheard shaking their parents down for payment.
The names of the experts the children worry are continuing a legacy of abuse include : Valerie Houghton, Ken and Kim Perlmutter who pose as these two do gooders, but whom the children describe as sexually perverted and where children feel unprotected.
Santa Clara County's issues involving corruption that harms children has gone on far too long. The adult children who are speaking out, to protect other children are quickly becoming known as The Brave 20. They are currently considering a civil suit against individual , judges, lawyers and custody experts to bring greater attention to the issue, and protect future generations of children forced to endure Santa Clara Family Courts.