How Child Predators May Use Staff And Others To Access Children
Commentary and Checklist
Police in Texas arrested a man they say has been sexually abusing children since 2012. Authorities believe the serial child predator dated single mothers in order to gain access to their children.
The man allegedly rented out a mobile home on his property to the mothers. Police believe his victims include a 12-year-old boy, a 13-year-old boy, and 5- and 6-year-old half sisters. He likely abused even more children. Erica Young "Accused serial child molester dated mothers to get close to their children, deputies say," www.click2houston.com (Sep. 08, 2016).
- Reference checks are a must. If candidates cannot provide recent references or if their references refuse to cooperate, then you should give preference to those whose references check out positive.
- If an applicant's references refuse to cooperate, ask the applicant for other references. It is important that you find past employers that can state the applicant has not shown any signs of being, or working with, a child predator.
- On personal references, question the reference closely to determine that the reference worked with the applicant in the manner that was described to you.
- Google the candidate. See if you can find blogs or other writings by the candidate or about the candidate that will shed more light on the candidate's personality or possible signs of misbehavior.
- Check social websites. Social websites ask users to post personal information. How a candidate describes himself outside of the hiring process can be very helpful.
- Double-check factual information the candidate lists on the application. If an applicant is untruthful in his or her written application, then that is a sign to move on to the next candidate.
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