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Background Checks Could Be Required to Work at Arizona Hotels

ESR News Blog

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 to a story posted on AZfamily.com. Continue reading

Seven Figure Settlement Obtained in Sexual Battery and Negligent Hiring Case by Minor against Church

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 the Irvine, California litigation firm of Brown & Charbonneau, LLP. The press release is available at http://www.prweb.com/releases/prweb2013/5/prweb10761878.htm. Continue reading

California Drug and Alcohol Counselors Not Required to Undergo Background Checks

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 allows unscreened sex offenders and unethical counselors to treat addicts’ – was prepared by researcher John Hill for the California Senate Office of Oversight and Outcomes and is available at http://www.scribd.com/doc/141335423/051313-Suspect-Treatment. Continue reading

New York Elder Care Facility Sex Offender Law would Require Background Checks of Senior Caregivers

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 New York State Senator Kathy Marchione (R,C-Halfmoon), which would close a current loophole in the law, is available in a news release at http://www.marchione2012.com/2013/01/04/tedisco-marchione-call-for-elder-care-facility-sex-offender-law/. Continue reading

Lack of Criminal Background Checks by National Youth Organization Led To Alleged Sexual Abuse of Youths

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 of recently released BSA files from 1970 to 1991 that document hundreds of allegations of sexual misconduct is available at http://www.latimes.com/news/local/boyscouts. Continue reading

California Proposition 35 Requiring Sex Offenders to Disclose Internet Information Temporarily Blocked by Judge

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. A report from KTVU Fox Channel 2 News in Oakland, CA about the blockage of Proposition 35 is available at http://www.ktvu.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/judge-temporarily-blocks-prop-35-internet-disclosu/nSz4t/. Continue reading

Amateur Athletic Union Background Checks Find 150 Adult Participants Could Be Potential Threat to Children

 The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) – one of the largest non-profit and volunteer sports organizations in the United States – said in a statement that background checks of 27,000 adult participants between September 1 and October 15, 2012 found 150 adults with issues “that could prove to be problematic for AAU membership.” The AAU is performing background checks on more than 100,000 coaches, adult athletes, volunteers, and staff to identify potential threats to child athletes including pedophiles and people convicted of drug offenses.  A story from BloombergBusinessweek concerning the AAU statement is available at: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-10-23/aau-check-finds-150-adults-potentially-threatening-to-children. Continue reading

New Louisiana Law Requires Sex Offenders to List Status on Social Media Websites Starting August 1

New Louisiana legislation authored by State Representative Jeff Thompson (R-Bossier City) and signed into law by Governor Bobby Jindal – House Bill No. 249 – will expand sex offender registration requirements by requiring sex offenders and child predators to state their criminal status on social media websites such as Facebook starting on August 1, 2012. The full text of the new law is available at: http://legiscan.com/gaits/text/637699/Louisiana-2012-HB249-Engrossed.pdf. Continue reading

AAU Implements Background Check Program for Staff and Volunteers to Ensure Safety of Youth Athletes

The national Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) has released a comprehensive report from two independent task forces – ‘Recommendations to the Amateur Athletic Union from the Youth Protections and Adult/Volunteer Screening Task Forces’ – and announced actions to implement steps to protect the well being of hundreds of thousands of young athletes that include requiring that all adults involved in AAU activities – including coaches, staff, and volunteers – undergo detailed background checks, according to an AAU press release. The full 31-page report is available at http://image.aausports.org/dnn/pdf/TFreportfinal.pdf. Continue reading

Illinois Internet Dating Safety Act Requiring Disclosure of Background Check Policy Heads to Governor

Legislation in Illinois – Senate Bill 2545 (SB 2545) – that would create the “Internet Dating Safety Act” requiring Internet dating websites offering services in Illinois to disclose if they conduct criminal background checks on all their members or post warnings online that they do not conduct criminal background checks has passed both the House and Senate and now heads to Governor Pat Quinn to sign. Introduced by State Senator Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago), the full text of the bill is available here: (SB 2545) “Internet Dating Safety Act”. Continue reading