Child Molester Resurfaces After 50 Years
June 9, 2009
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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