Re: Youth Protection Policy
Ted Burton (tedburtn@CRIS.COM)
Sat, 23 Sep 1995 12:35:45 -0600
>I'll be checking through our council to get their official instructions, but
>I wanted to bounce this off the collective group experience. I have a
>prospective Den Leader that was up front and reported a child abuse incident
>on his application. He was charged by his ex-wife for grabbing his son on the
>shoulder hard enough to leave a mark. There was no conviction. I don't know
>the exact timing, but he has since remarried and has another son in second
>grade, so it was at least 8 years ago. I will verify that and check with the
>people he put as references.
>Is there any policy on how to proceed with an investigation? Is it done at
>the unit, or district, or national level? Exactly what has to be done?
As a minimum I would check with the police department where the complaint
in question originated and see if there is a significantly different
version of the facts floating around. I have certainly seen enough phoney
complaints in the context of divorces to be willing to discount the story.
On the other hand, I would want to make sure this is not merely someone
clever enough to leak enough of the story to seem forthright, when
investigation would show that he was repeatedly charged, if not convicted,
and not in the context of divorce.
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