Employment Screening 101: Sex Offender Registry Search-Part 4

Jason Morris

In my opinion one of the most over looked and underutilized searches in employment screening is the Sex Offender Registry Search, an inexpensive way to protect your employees, customers and your reputation. There are over 250,000 registered sex offenders in the United States. These people need to work and maintain a living. The question is: are they working for you?

Conducting a Sex Offender Registry search is the most effective way to screen out these predators. A Countywide Felony & Misdemeanor Search will sometimes uncover these crimes but if the perpetrator knows the system, they can outsmart it. A Countywide search is still the most effective way of finding a record if it exists in that particular County. Using additional tools such as the Registry Search will allow you to uncover additional areas not found otherwise. Organizations must be diligent in trying to uncover these misdeeds. Using your entire arsenal of searches to uncover this type of criminal history is imperative. A typical Sex Offender Registry Search will scour a County and, or State Sex Offender Registry to see if your subject has a listing. Per the FCRA, the result would again lead us back to the source of the record to make it compliant and reportable to you.

One of our clients operates several overnight camps for children with terminal illnesses. I have had the pleasure of speaking at their national conferences a few times and the example I use regularly is as follows: People who like numbers find jobs in accounting. People who like medicine find jobs in the medical field. People who like writing find jobs writing. People who like to molest children WILL put themselves in situations where they are around kids. The facts are there: sexual predators feed their hunger by exploiting situations and taking the opportunity presented to them. Unfortunately, sex offenders don’t only prey on children, hiring a sex offender could jeopardize your clients, employees and your reputation.

Click here for some interesting information about recidivism rates among sex offenders. A few interesting Facts:

This information is available for all fifty states due to Megan’s Law. Megan’s Law is named after Megan Kanka, a New Jersey girl who was raped and killed at age seven by a known child molester who had moved across the street from the Kanka family without their knowledge. In the wake of the tragedy, the Kankas sought to have local communities warned about sex offenders in the area and on May 17, 1996, President Clinton signed Megan’s Law.

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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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