Exclusive: Sex Predators Still Getting Hired in Schools


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Exclusive: Sex Predators Still Getting Hired in Schools
By JACK CLOHERTY and PIERRE THOMAS
ABC News
Dec. 15, 2010

A General Accountability Office (GAO) investigation obtained exclusively by ABC News has found that people with histories of sexual misconduct are still getting hired by school systems across the country, despite state laws designed to prevent it from happening. The report, requested by Rep. George Miller, D-CA, highlights 15 cases in which teachers or coaches were hired, or kept on school staffs, despite evidence they were sexual predators. In 6 of those cases, these offenders used their school positions to sexually abuse more children.

… In some cases, schools did not perform the required criminal history checks. And even when checks were performed, they sometimes were limited to in-state criminal records, and did not reveal the teaching candidate had a criminal record in another state.

But the biggest problem may be what Miller calls “passing the trash.” These were cases GAO found in which school systems just let suspected sexual offenders resign, and even wrote them glowing letters of recommendation …

Kudos to ABC News for reporting this real, current, problem. While not spiking this story, the MSM isn’t falling all over itself to report it either. Now, If this were about abuse by a now-dead Catholic priest committed 30 years ago …