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Q&A: Sex Offender Wants to Serve in Children's Ministry

Should we allow him to volunteer?

A background check was done on a volunteer who wants to serve in children's ministries at our church. The check revealed that this person is a Level III sex offender, with the last offense occurring 21 years ago. I stated that in no way should this person be allowed to serve in this ministry, but some others are trusting his rehabilitation and say he is unlikely to be a threat to children (his victims were all adult women). What recommendation do you have?

Before I answer your question, I want to applaud you for using a criminal background check in screening your volunteer workers. Many churches still do not take this measure when recruiting volunteers, which greatly increases the possibility that dangerous individuals will end up working in various ministries.

In answer to your question, in most states Level III sex offenders are considered the most likely to recommit a sex crime. In ...

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