Former Social Worker In Colfax Convicted At Trial On Two Felonies In Sex Extortion Case

A former social worker in Colfax has been convicted of two felonies for extorting a woman for sex in exchange for helping her get her children back.

35 year old Robert Tarver was convicted during a bench trial by Judge George Fearing in Whitman County Superior Court.  Judge Fearing announced his verdict in Colfax on Monday.  Attorneys argued the case for three days earlier this month.  Tarver was found guilty of felony receiving unlawful compensation with sexual motivation and perjury.  He was found not guilty of felony extortion.

A Colfax Police Department investigation from 2020 found that Tarver coerced a woman into sexual contact in return for getting her kids back.  Tarver was working for the Washington Department of Children, Youth and Families in Colfax at the time.  He was fired in January of 2021.  Tarver’s sentencing hasn’t been scheduled yet.

Judge Fearing was assigned to the bench trial after local Whitman County Superior Court Judge Gary Libey recused himself from the case.  Judge Libey has extensive experience dealing with local child protective service cases and social workers which led to his decision to recuse himself.

Judge Fearing is a state appellate court judge in Spokane.

Robert Tarver Pleading Not Guilty In Whitman County Superior Court In June 2023