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When background checks miss the mark

Original post made on Apr 10, 2012

How a local private school unknowingly hired a teacher with a decades-long history of child molestation allegations.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 10:13 AM

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Posted by Joseph E. Davis
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Apr 10, 2012 at 10:18 am

I suppose it would be too much to ask for the newspaper to print the name of the school??

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Posted by AJ
a resident of another community
on Apr 10, 2012 at 11:19 am

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I cant believe that the school didnt tell the families the reason for firing the teacher. He might have been abusing kids at the school. Its very difficult for some kids to come forward when being molested. Pedophiles are master manipulators and have ways to keep their victims from telling. [Portion removed.] The Community has a right to know the truth. Why protect the pedophiles at the expense of victims and potential victims? Something is very wrong with this system. This is why pedophiles get hired to work with our kids - everyone's afraid to tell the truth.

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Posted by private citizen
a resident of Laurel School
on Apr 11, 2012 at 2:18 pm

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For those who have been on the wrong end of a perp, it would be a relief (and empowering) to know both who this person is and that he is being prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

Particularly since this is a person teaching children.

Failing to share this information makes it easier for the perp to get a new assignment around children, elsewhere. Think: Catholic Church.

You can't cure a pedophile, but you can profoundly limit his access to children. There should be no protection for people like this.

Zero tolerance for pedophiles.

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Posted by AJ
a resident of another community
on Apr 11, 2012 at 2:40 pm

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I believe that the Head Master at that private high school in Menlo Park owes his families the truth. The pedophile teacher might have befriended some of those boys and lured them with sexual misconduct. Is the school just trying to cover themselves from the embarrassment of having hired a pedophile in the first place? Shouldnt the safety of the male students be more important than their embarrassment. The school can learn a good lesson and develop better hiring practices in the future. So, they made an error. Learn from it and tell the families the truth. Taking responsibility and acknowledging the error is a healthy model for the students. Showing the students that the staff, Board and faculty put the students safety as important can only happen by coming clean and telling them the truth.

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Posted by JudyJones
a resident of another community
on Apr 17, 2012 at 10:16 pm

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This is exactly why the statute of limitations needs to be removed for sex crimes against innocent kids. These child predator friendly states are causing more kids to be given the life sentence of being sexually abused.

It would be so much more efficient if child predators were prosecuted and if found guilty they would be placed on the sex offender registry.

Back ground checks are a joke, if child predators have never been held accountable by the law of the land.

Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511 <[email protected]>
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world's oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 12,000 members. Despite the word "priest" in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers and increasingly, victims who were assaulted in a wide range of institutional settings like summer camps, athletic programs, Boy Scouts, etc. Our website is

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Posted by Gary66
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 2, 2012 at 4:44 pm

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Here's a link to a related story...

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of another community
on Aug 2, 2012 at 6:46 pm

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Thank you, Gary. This is an impressively written article. I thought that, given where he'd been teaching in Menlo, that he targeted these troubled outsiders his whole career.

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