Sex Offender in Cookie Monster Costume No Laughing Matter
August 15, 2011
Question: What do the producers of Sesame Street and the Iowa City Fair have in common?
Answer: They both don’t want the publicity they drew when it was discovered that the fair hired a registered sex offender convicted in 2005 of lascivious acts with a 7 year old girl to wear a Cookie Monster costume and greet children.
I don’t know, just a thought, but do you think maybe the fair should have conducted an employment background check? Between a criminal record search and a check of the sex offender registry they most surely would have discovered that maybe the should move on to the next applicant. But hey, that’s just me.
According to Reuters, “The owner of the costume company that hired Rogers says that they did not run a background check. The owner said that Rogers needed a job, so he was put to work almost immediately. Rogers would have also been sent to work at other private events and birthday parties if he hadn’t been discovered by a parole supervisor who recognized him at the fair.”
Thank goodness nothing happened.