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Alarming Access

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Published on Oct 31, 2013

Target 12 Investigators: Alarming Access

In November 2013 the investigative unit of WPRI -- Target 12 -- discovered a registered sex offender was working as a full-time electrician at Hasbro Children's Hospital, the state's premiere health care provider for kids. Target 12 uncovered court records that revealed the sex offender pleaded guilty to the charge and showed he repeatedly molested a girl for years. A judge ordered him to undergo treatment and to have no-contact with kids. The offender was still on probation while working at the hospital. Before the report aired, WPRI brought their findings to hospital officials for public safety reasons. But in a stunning twist, hospital officials said they were aware the employee worked there and deemed him not to be a risk. The state's parole board however, disagreed, ruling the employee was a Level II offender, which meant he was at a "moderate risk to reoffend." Under mounting pressure the hospital eventually terminated the employee and state lawmakers are now looking into laws that would forbid sex offenders to work in jobs in which they come into close contact with children.

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