Saturday, June 4, 2016

Notify authorities about known sex offender

In elementary school, our sons both had a teacher we all thought was amazing. But, to our chagrin, it turns out that this teacher was exchanging sexually inappropriate emails and meeting with a young girl after hours. After due process, the Ontario College of Teachers revoked his teaching licence permanently. Recently I discovered this guy working in a maintenance position at a community college. What troubles me is that on the college website, it states that, before working for them, he “had operated his own renovation business in Toronto for many years.” This fellow was a full-time teacher and did musical gigs on weekends. I don’t like the fact that he was deceitful with his employer. Based on his previous behaviour, could the same things not happen within his current work environment? Is this a case for letting sleeping dogs lie, or does his employer have a right to know?

Back in my clergy days, I hired a church organist. Man, this guy could play! We did reference checks, got a useless police report, and signed him on.

After he’d been with us a while, however, there was something, just “something” about him that began to make me uncomfortable. Nothing you could document — just a feeling. A gut response. So I started closely monitoring him around kids; his behaviour with organ students, especially young girls, did little to ease my discomfort.

Fortunately, before too much time passed, an email arrived. It came from “a concerned friend” and contained nothing but a link to an American website.  (more...)


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