Florida DCF Reviewing Background Check Process After Spokeman Arrested for Child Pornography
February 4, 2008
It would seem that the Florida Department of Children & Families has a nightmare on their hands. They hired a spokesman for the organization that was recently arrested on Child Pornography charges, as documented by the Orlando Sentinal in their article DCF reviewing background check policy after spokesman’s arrest.
The state agency said that a background check was conducted and did not reveal conviction records from the state of Texas which focused on writing bad checks. They said if they had known about these records, it might have affected their decision to hire this individual. My guess is that the state didn’t conduct a thorough check, however it could have been much worse. Based on this report, it doesn’t seem to indicate that this individual had prior records related to sex crimes or child pornography.
The importance of conducting a county criminal record search in each county where the applicant has lived, worked or attended school cannot be understated. The article doesn’t indicate that these offenses occurred in counties where the individual resided, but I think it’s a safe assumption. If he didn’t the state would be claiming the they conducted a thorough check and wouldn’t be reevaluating their procedures.