North Carolina Man Records Call with Social Worker Asking Him to Date Her to Get His Kids Back

Father says he recorded social worker proposing to clear case if they dated

by Ken Lemon
WSOC Channel 9


A man claims a Gaston County social worker offered to clear his case if he agreed to go on a date with her.

David Cole said he started recording their conversation because he was worried he would lose his children if he didn’t play along.

Officials said the social worker is no longer on the case after the recordings revealed conversations that had nothing to do with child welfare.

The recordings indicated Cole’s children were not in danger, but he felt he was. Cole said he played the recording for social service investigators.

In the recording, you hear very blunt language from the woman who Cole said was sent to protect his two young children.

Cole said the proposition started soon after the social worker came to his home in Cramerton. He said she watched him carefully and then made a stunning request.

“‘If I close your case out, would you be willing to date me?’” Cole said the social worker asked him.

Cole said he had a girlfriend, but he immediately began to worry that if he didn’t agree on the date, someone might take his 3- and 4-year-old children.

“Have this relationship with her or lose my kids,” Cole said. “It’s hard to deal with. I lost a lot of sleep behind that.”

“It’s very inappropriate, you know,” Cole said. “I’m scared for my life, scared for my children’s welfare, my welfare.”

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