Former Social Worker In Colfax Sent To Prison In Sextortion Case

A former social worker in Colfax has been sent to prison for extorting a woman for sex in exchange for helping get her children back.

35 year old Robert Tarver was found guilty in April during his bench trial in Whitman County Superior Court.  Judge George fearing convicted Tarver of felony receiving unlawful compensation with sexual motivation and perjury.  He was found not guilty of felony extortion.

Judge Fearing sentenced Tarver on Tuesday to 14 months in prison and placed him on parole for three years.  Tarver must also register as a sex offender for ten years.

Tarver coerced a woman into sexual contact in return for getting her kids back.  He was working for the Washington Department of Children, Youth and Families in Colfax at the time.  Tarver extorted the woman in 2020 and was fired in January of 2021.  The case was investigated by the Colfax Police Department.

Judge Fearing was assigned to the case after local Whitman County Superior Court Judge Gary Libey recused himself.  Judge Libey presides over local child protective service cases involving social workers which led to his decision to step down.

Judge Fearing is a state appellate court judge in Spokane.

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