Match.coms Move Toward Background Checks A Sign of The Times

Online dating opened the door to a whole new world for people hoping to meet Mr. or Miss Right. But now some in the popular industry are realizing they need to more carefully scrutinize who they let in that door. Online dating service recently announced it would begin conducting background checks on its members by cross-checking users against a national sex offender registry. The decision came in response to an alleged sexual assault that occurred by a member on a date set up by the dating service. A lawsuit has been filed against them in the case.


The move is a simple step but a significant one, and is most likely Pokies a harbinger of other changes to come. While more employers in businesses across all industries have been recognizing the need for thorough a background check on employees, all those in the business of people — child care, elder care, health care, dating services, churches, support groups and the like — should heed the call to conduct a comprehensive criminal background screening to make sure they don’t have a criminal record.


Such screening can provide protection against online predators with previous criminal convictions, including assaults, domestic violence, burglary, fraud, identity theft, drug offenses and many other crimes that could endanger the welfare of other employees, members or patrons. 



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Another Story Where Criminal Checks Could Have Made a Difference

Places like nursing homes don’t regularly conduct checks into potential residents’ criminal records, as this story from Knoxville, TN shows.

In a nutshell, the article tells of a nursing home being sued because a known sex offender was living at the senior home and in 2009 allegedly sexually abused one of the residents.  The alleged perpetrator of the crime was convicted of rape and incest 18 years ago, and although the nursing home staff knew of this resident’s questionable past, they said nothing to other residents.  Hence, the lawsuit from the victim’s family.

In a published response from the nursing home, they noted:

“With respect to residents, it has not been industry practice to conduct criminal background checks on the prospective seniors who are seeking residence or health services. Recently, however, there has been a trend to screen prospective residents against state sex offender registries if they are available. [We have] implemented this process. “

While it’s wonderful that the nursing home is now conducting criminal checks on potential residents, it’s tragic that the reason had to be as a result of an avoidable (possible — as the case hasn’t yet been resolved) sexual assault.

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