Top Chef Behaving Badly: Indicted on Child Porn Charges

Nick Fishman

According to People Magazine (yes, I really just quoted People), Top Chef finalist, Morgan Wilson has been indicted on charges of possession and intent to distribute child pornography.

Now, to be fair to the Bravo television network, it looks like the arrest took place after the show was aired last fall.  However, Wilson does hold a job with the Ritz Carlton hotel in Dallas.

So, here’s the question.  Should the hotel have known about this arrest?  Well, he was hired in 2007, so a background check at that time wouldn’t have revealed these charges.  It is, however surprising that the hotel wouldn’t have heard about this before the indictment was announced earlier this month given Wilson’s high profile status.

Okay, so let’s say that the hotel wasn’t aware of the arrest and charges.  What could they have done?  Many organizations are now performing criminal background checks on their employees on a regularly scheduled basis to ensure that nothing has changed since the time of their hiring.  Now, I certainly can’t fault the Ritz for not doing this, since those that do are still in the minority.  Just something to think about though.  In this case, it certainly might have helped keep their name out of the papers.

P.S. Not that the allegations against Chef Robert Irvine for resume fraud were even close to as serious, but this isn’t the first time a television chef has fallen from grace.

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Nick Fishman is the co-founder of EmployeeScreenIQ, a leading, global employment background screening provider, and serves as the company’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer. He pioneered the creation of EmployeeScreen University, the #1 educational resource on employment background checks for human resources, security and risk management professionals. A recognized industry expert, Nick is a frequent author, presenter and contributor to the news media. Nick is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio and Texas.
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