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December 16, 2010

"GAO: Registered sex offenders finding jobs in schools"

The title of this post is the headline of this new article from USA Today, which gets started this way:

Registered sex offenders are getting jobs in schools as teachers, administrators, volunteers and contractors, despite state laws that prohibit them from contact with children, a government watchdog report says.

And school officials in some states enable misconduct to continue by ignoring red flags during hiring or by covering up the firing of sexual offenders, according to the report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress.

The report, obtained by USA TODAY, is based on a review of 15 cases in 11 states over the last decade involving people with histories of sexual misconduct working in public or private schools. Of those, 11 offenders had previously targeted children, and six abused more children in their new positions.

About 35 states have laws restricting offenders from schools, and most states require criminal history checks, though specifics vary widely, the report found. Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., who requested the investigation, urged states to strengthen laws or pass a law if they don't have them.

"These children were put in this unsafe position because adults in charge of their well-being failed to do their job," says Miller, outgoing chair of the House education committee. "Parents have a right to believe that their children are safe" in schools.

An Education Department study estimates that millions of kids in kindergarten through 12th grade are victims of sexual misconduct by a school employee at some point. The GAO report also notes most sexual abuse of children goes unreported. In one study it cites, 232 child molesters admitted to molesting a total of 17,000 victims, often without ever being caught.

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This looks to be the start of the campaign support for the International Megan's Law, the law that will restrict, and ultimately prevent, registered sex offenders from obtaining passports in the United States.

Posted by: Eric Knight | Dec 18, 2010 11:45:16 AM

maybe...of course if the govt keeps going with sex offenders they way the idiots seem to be going...we the american people in a few years will be looking back at the good ole days when we only had the terrorists in alquada to worry about.

They have about pushed over a MILLION citizens so far into the corner they have no other option than to come out SWINING and see how many of the idiots in this country they CAN TAKE WITH THEM.

Posted by: rodsmith | Dec 18, 2010 4:43:50 PM

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