Child Molester Resurfaces After 50 Years

Jason Morris

If you read our series, Employment Screening 101, you know how important criminal background checks can be.  If you have read our various articles on employeescreen University, our Blog and our newsletter The Verifier, you know how critical it is to do a thorough lifetime search if available.  This article begs the question, how far back do I search?

Elwood “Buddy” Porter was charged with possession of child pornography after a Realtor found what they believed was child porn inside his home.  After a Grand Jury indicted him records from 1961 were found by investigators.  In February of 1961 Porter was charged with trying to lure two little girls into his car to sexually abuse them.  Porter was 22 years old at the time and the girls were five and eight years old.  Porter served only six months in jail after pleading guilty to those charges.  Porter is now under investigation for other possible sexually related crimes.

Where has Porter worked in the past 50 years? Was a quality background check conducted? Were other children put at risk?

This also plays into the argument I posed yesterday about sealing criminal records after a period of time.  Yesterday’s article did not (and would not) apply to sexual molesters, however, where do we draw the line?

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Jason Morris

President & Chief Operating Officer at EmployeeScreenIQ
A veteran screening and risk management professional, Jason Morris founded EmployeeScreenIQ in 1999 and acts as the company’s chief operating officer and president. Morris is a frequent speaker delivering captivating, interactive discussions on background checks, global screening, recruitment and staffing. He educates audiences in best practice initiatives as they relate to organizational employment screening programs. Morris has been quoted in numerous business and industry publications including The Wall Street Journal, MSNBC.com, USA Today, New York Times, among others. He is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio, Illinois, New Jersey, Texas, Arizona and Nevada.
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