Alleged Rapist Case Another Black Eye for CORI Criminal Background Check
February 15, 2011
I guess it’s beat up on CORI week.
But they make it so easy. Yesterday, we posted a story about a school teacher accused of hitting a 14 year old student. The state of Massachusetts CORI criminal background check didn’t reveal any prior of pending records, but after further investigation after this incident, the school found out that the teacher had a pending assault and battery case.
Well today, we’ve got news of yet another black eye for the so-called “Holy Grail” of background checks for the state’s employers. A convicted sex offender was hired as a Massachusetts court officer after a CORI search came back clean. Only problem is that the person was convicted of criminal sexual conduct and burglary in another state. Whoops! I shouldn’t make light of this situation as this individual now stands accused of new sex crimes.
Why did this happen?
In addition to the holes we discussed in yesterday’s post, CORI only includes criminal records from the state of Massachusetts. Therefore, if someone has committed a crime elsewhere, it will not be included in the CORI index.
What Can You Do?
As always, the best practice is to determine where the different locales where a person has resided and conduct a criminal record search at the county level. If the employer would have conducted an address history search, they would have seen that the individual lived out of state (in this case, South Carolina). They could then have searched the county in South Carolina where the individual lived, which would have revealed these convictions.