Why would this be allowed?

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Why would this be allowed?
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Thu, 01-07-2010 - 7:50pm

I am livid right now. I just looked at the sexual predators website and discovered that an usher at my church was arrested and charged with fondling a 4 year old girl he was babysitting. Why is he still allowed to be an usher? He didn't have to serve any time, just probation, which was another odd thing (the judge and he served on the same non-profit board of directors) so he has continued to be a volunteer at the church. Am I wrong to think he should have to stop volunteering in such a manner? He greets my children and me before mass. Now I have to tell my kids not everyone you meet at church is okay? I let my boys use the restroom during mass unsupervised. He is out there in the commons during mass.

What do you think?

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Tue, 01-12-2010 - 2:11pm
In my diocese all volunteers at the parish school regardless of whether or not they are ever alone with a child are fingerprinted, go through Virtus training and have to continue the ongoing training online.
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Registered: 10-23-2001
Fri, 01-08-2010 - 3:48pm

I think that's a perfect opportunity to sit down with your kids and talk.

 


 


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Registered: 09-02-2008
Fri, 01-08-2010 - 10:20am
I agree with Ruth. It's possible he was an usher before any of this happened. I would bring it to the church's attention and let them handle it. Even though we don't know the whole story, I would still be creeped out too.






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Registered: 04-02-2009
Fri, 01-08-2010 - 8:47am
another thought... this man's background check for the volunteer position was done before this alleged crime occurred.....
so maybe you need to calmly approach your pastor and show him what you found and ask him what can/should be done/

Renee


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Renee


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Registered: 04-02-2009
Fri, 01-08-2010 - 8:42am
I know he would not be permitted to volunteer in the nursery, with youth group or RE..... but being an usher is tricky since he's not alone with children... maybe he was not truly guilty, maybe he needs healing which can come thruogh Confession and being a member of a church...??
I don't know
why is he out in the vestibule during Mass? Do'nt your ushers come into the church to celebrate Mass?
everyone we meet at church have never all been okay.....

Renee


Wife to Scott


Mom to: Madeleine, James, Abigail, Theresa & John


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Renee


Wife to Scott


Mom to: Madeleine, James,