Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 14, 2019, the Supreme Court of the State of Alaska ruled in the case of John Doe v. State of Alaska, Department of Public Safety that a state law requiring the registry of all sex offenders was unconstitutional because it violates rights to due process …Continue reading "Alaska Supreme Court Rules State Law Requiring Registry of Sex Offenders Unconstitutional"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On August 17, 2018, the U.S. Youth Soccer Association and its Northern California affiliate agreed to pay $8.2 million to settle a lawsuit over their failure to properly run background checks on a coach who was later convicted of sexually abusing a 13-year-old player, according to a …Continue reading "U.S. Youth Soccer Association Agrees to Pay $8.2 Million to Settle Lawsuit Over Background Checks"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In October 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 384 (SB 384) – also known as the “Sex Offender Registration Act” – which will dramatically change how the state manages the California Sex Offender Registry when the law eventually takes effect on January 1, 2021.Continue reading "California Will Dramatically Change Management of State Sex Offender Registry System in 2021"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-New York) has launched a campaign to pass his bipartisan legislation – Child Protection Improvements and Electronic Life and Safety Security Systems Act of 2015 – that would change the federal law preventing summer camps and other not-for-profit youth organizations from …Continue reading "Proposed Legislation Would Allow Summer Camps and Youth Organizations to Access FBI Sex Offender Background Checks"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A woman who claims she was sexually assaulted in 2011 a Mesa, Arizona hotel by a hotel employee who used his master key to access her room is trying to enact some change in the hiring practices of hotels including requiring “consistent and thorough background checks,” according …Continue reading "Background Checks Could Be Required to Work at Arizona Hotels"
A confidential seven figure settlement has been obtained in a sexual battery and negligent hiring case against a church and its senior pastor for the rape of a 16-year-old female parishioner by the church’s music minister who had a prior criminal conviction for a sex offense against a minor, according to a press release from …Continue reading "Seven Figure Settlement Obtained in Sexual Battery and Negligent Hiring Case by Minor against Church"
An investigation by the California Senate has revealed that drug and alcohol counselors in the state are not required to undergo background checks and found that 23 sex offenders were permitted to work as rehab counselors, with the actual number probably higher. The report released in May 2013 – ‘Suspect Treatment: State’s lack of scrutiny …Continue reading "California Drug and Alcohol Counselors Not Required to Undergo Background Checks"
Proposed legislation in New York for an “Elder Care Facility Sex Offender Law” would require senior care facilities to conduct criminal background checks for all employees using the state’s sex offender registry to prevent registered sex offenders from gaining employment. More information about the proposed bill from New York State Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Glenville) and …Continue reading "New York Elder Care Facility Sex Offender Law would Require Background Checks of Senior Caregivers"
The refusal of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to conduct criminal background checks on all volunteers until 2008 allowed convicted child sex offenders to join the organization and led to a significant amount of alleged sexual abuse of youths, according to a Los Angeles Times analysis of confidential BSA files. Full LA Times coverage …Continue reading "Lack of Criminal Background Checks by National Youth Organization Led To Alleged Sexual Abuse of Youths"
A federal judge has temporarily blocked implementation of California Proposition 35, Californians Against Sexual Exploitation Act (“CASE ACT”), a new law overwhelmingly approved by 81 percent of voters on Election Day that contains a requirement for the state’s approximately 73,000 registered sex offenders to disclose online screen names and Internet service providers to law enforcement. …Continue reading "California Proposition 35 Requiring Sex Offenders to Disclose Internet Information Temporarily Blocked by Judge"