Convicted City Employee Allowed to Stay on the Job Raises Questions

By Michael Klazema on 7/19/2012

The City Manager of Fredericksburg, Virginia, Beverly Cameron, is calling for an internal review to find out why he was never informed that a city employee was convicted of numerous felonies before and during his employment with the city. The previous conviction findings were uncovered after Louis Philip Cox IV, 28, of Fredericksburg was recently arrested and charged with felony manufacturing of five pounds or more of marijuana, and 10 counts of felony child pornography possession.

When Cox was hired in 2008 as a part-time maintenance worker for the city’s parks and recreation department, a background check would have uncovered his previous conviction of breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony, grand larceny, petit larceny and felony failure to appear from 2006. He was sentenced to 17 years for all charges, with all but 10 months suspended. Then in 2008, less than five months after being hired by the city, Cox was involved in an air-rifle shooting incident that resulted in a felony conviction in 2010. Cameron said, “I found about all of that yesterday. We are processing his termination from city employment today.”

The convictions from 2006 and 2010 raise questions about the internal communication among city departments and how background checks are performed by the city. Cameron has said that not all city employees are subject to background checks. Cameron later said, “I am trying to get to the bottom of it. There are a lot of serious and important questions that need to be raised and answered.” A year after Cox was hired as a maintenance worker, he transferred as a parking attendant at the city parking garage. In 2010, two months after he was convicted for the 2008 shooting incident, Cox was promoted as parking garage manager.  According to court records Cox was charged with multiple counts, and he pleaded guilty to unlawfully shooting into an occupied vehicle and served a moth in jail. Cameron says he would usually find out about city employees being charged with a crime from either the police department or from the employee. Cox’s most recent arrest for an alleged marijuana growing operation in the house he shares with his mother, stems from two informants coming forward to the police. The alleged child pornography was discovered during his interrogation. Cox is currently held without bond at the Rapphannock Regional Jail. Do you know the true history of your employees? By using the services of a company like , you can be assured you are using the best screening techniques available. With access to countless criminal databases nationwide they have many options available, several with instant results. Their US OneSEARCH provides you with information from more than 430 million criminal records from counties, Department of Corrections (DOC), Administration of Courts (AOC) and State Sex Offender Registries covering 49 states plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and Guam. Also included are national and international terrorism sources, more than 4.1 million photos, and their proprietary database of previously completed reports. Or try their National Wants and Warrants search. This search will give results within one to two days, and is a nationwide search of local, county, state, and Federal extraditable warrants, and may include misdemeanors or felonies. Most law enforcement agencies contribute to this database.


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