Sex Offender Protesters Hired By Council Arrested For Working Too Close to Children

By Michael Klazema on 6/21/2012

Two protesters hired by a company that protests businesses working with non-union labor were arrested for violating the Sexual Offender Registry Act in Jefferson County, Tennessee. The Mid-South Carpenter’s Council hired the two men to hold a sign outside of the First Baptist Church in Dandridge reading “Shame on Pastor Brown.” The church has Christian learning center on site, and the sheriff’s office received a tip that a sex offender was working at the church. When the sheriff’s office investigated the complaint, they discovered it was Ricky Dean Moore, standing in front of the church. Forty-nine-year-old Moore of Knoxville, is a convicted sex offender. Upon Moore’s arrest, investigators checked the records of the man working with him and discovered that Michael David Sadler, 51, of Knoxville, was also a convicted sex offender. It is illegal for a sex offender to work within 1,000 feet of a daycare.

The Mid-South Carpenter’s Council hires protesters to stand with “Shame On” signs to protest people or companies who they say have hired or are working with non-union labor. The Council says they were unaware of the two men’s criminal backgrounds, and that going forward they will conduct criminal background checks on all individuals the company hires. Information from Tennessee’s Sexual Offender Registry shows that Moore was convicted in 1995 of criminal attempt to commit rape of a child, rape of a child, and sexual exploitation. Sadler was convicted in 2000 of sexual battery. Both men are charged with a felony for violating the Sexual Offender Registry Act. Director of Organizing for the Council, Robbie Helton, has said he is “looking into the matter.” “They have a sign that says shame on Pastor Bob, and they have hired sex offenders to monitor that sign. That is a disgrace,” said Sheriff Bud McCoig from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. Any other “Shame On” picketers who come in to the county to protest will be checked out by the department, according to Sheriff McCoig. Perhaps because they were hiring temporary employees, the company felt it was unnecessary to perform background checks. However, as referenced in the earlier post, Screening Agencies Remind Businesses to Check Their Summer Hires, it is always a good idea to do a thorough background check on every employee, no matter the length of time they are to be hired for.

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