Charges FINALLY filed in Adam Herrman case

I have blogged extensively before about Adam Herrman, who was eleven or twelve when he disappeared from Towanda, Kansas sometime in the late spring or summer of 1999. His adoptive “parents” never reported his disappearance and they lied to his other relatives so for close to a decade no one even realized he was missing. After his disappearance was finally discovered it came out that his adoptive mother, Valerie Herrman, abused him pretty badly.

Anyway, Valerie and her husband Doug have been charged with welfare theft. I had expected they would be charged with this eventually, since they admitted accepting about monthly state welfare benefits for Adam after he was no longer in their care. The total came to $52,800. They also accepted an adoption subsidy and claimed Adam as a dependent on their taxes.

They have posted bail and been released pending trial. Their attorneys claim it was just a “technical financial offense” and they will try to get the charges dismissed. Um…yeah. I really don’t buy that. Even if we actually accept the story that Adam ran away from home and his parents didn’t report him missing because they would get in trouble (and no one accepts that story), the Herrmans would have eventually realized he was not coming back and should have canceled the payments and subsidies then. It might be a “technical offense” if they didn’t report this for a month or two. Six or seven years, though? Less so.

The prosecutor said these charges are “just the beginning” for the Herrmans and she hopes the investigation will be wrapped up and more charges (including, possibly, homicide charges) filed by the end of the year. In the meantime, welfare fraud is easy to prove and should keep them in cold storage for a little while, at least, though I can’t find anything on how much time they’re facing.

The Tulsa World
The Oklahoman
KAKE 10 (includes a video of Adam’s biological father)

7 thoughts on “Charges FINALLY filed in Adam Herrman case

  1. Kat July 11, 2010 / 4:10 am

    Yeah? I hope more leads to more, if it didn’t they wouldn’t be doing this, I don’t think. Sounds to me like he was killed by his “mom” and others covered it up from fear. They should fry “dad” too. Do something, man, or face it later. I’m SO sick of these ppl. If you don’t want kids, don’t have/take/adopt them. Play the lottery. Kids are not equal to money! And there is no right to treat them that way. And no right not to stand up when you see it. I hope they all rot.

    • Meaghan July 11, 2010 / 4:20 am

      What I am hoping is that they can convince one parent to turn on the other (possibly using the financial crimes charges as leverage). Because if either of the Herrmans did something to Adam (and, like you, I’m betting on Mom), I’m quite sure the other one knows about it.

      • Kat July 11, 2010 / 8:09 pm

        Oh, I hope so. There was that other case, Christina Marchell or some such where her aunt or whatever killed her and lied about it and the uncle covered it up too till ppl started asking questions and now I think they are both in jail. I hope it works, the one against the other. Usually does. Though, one thing I was just STUNNED about in the Ackerson case was that there were THREE guys who all kept their stories straight for mulitple years, while all being substance abusers. I’ve never heard of such a thing, esp. when no one is getting anything out of it, ie money, as opposed to just cracking. I guess it’s the exception to every rule thing.

      • Meaghan July 11, 2010 / 9:43 pm

        One of the men who helped cover up Walter Ackerson’s death (not the main killer but one of the accomplices who got immunity) is a National Guardsman, has been for like 15 years. I hope he gets dishonorably discharged over this or at least demoted or something. Lying to the cops to cover up a homicide — which he continued to do after he was a Guardsman, until the confession — is definitely conduct unbecoming.

  2. Jaime July 11, 2010 / 12:00 pm

    The battlecreekenquirer has an article about a young man named Brandon Anderson that went missing on June 20, 2005. He was 21 years old and he had a young daughter that today is 5 years old. Did you also read my blog about the reporter that is still missing after 15 years Jodi H

  3. Jaime July 11, 2010 / 12:04 pm

    Huisentruit she was an Iowa TV reporter sorry I couldnt remember how to spell her last name.

  4. Jaime July 11, 2010 / 12:11 pm

    There is also a nice article about Bobbi Ann Campbell that went missing from Utah in the deseret news.

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