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芝加哥公立学区审查背景调查政策

在一名教师因试图监视学生而被捕后,芝加哥公立学区将审查其员工背景调查政策。这名男教师最近因在学校浴室安装摄像机而被捕。据芝加哥论坛报报道,他用相机监视“至少一名学生”。他有犯罪背景,记者推测他可能帮助芝加哥公立学校预测他的行为。

据称事件发生时,这名教师是芝加哥奥格登国际学校的一名雇员。这所学校是一所K-12院校,学生不足800人。该男子自 2009 年以来一直在学校工作。论坛报没有具体说明他教的是哪门学科。

据称,老师在浴室的水槽下安装了一个摄像头。摄像机记录的大部分内容是工作人员使用浴室,但《论坛报》称该视频还包括一名八岁男孩的镜头。由于这段录像,库克县州检察官办公室指控这位前奥格登教师犯有八项重罪:七项未经授权的录像(受害者据称是学校工作人员)和一项儿童色情(用于拍摄八年-老男孩)。

论坛报》报道称,检察官最初暗示嫌疑人之前没有犯罪记录。事实证明,他过去曾被判过几项轻罪:一项是在 2005 年“潜行”他人的财产,另一项是在未指明的年份“偷窥”。潜行指控发生在新罕布什尔州,当时这名男子正在执教一支大学田径队。偷窥指控发生在 2005 年之前的某个时候发生在伊利诺伊州南部。

当被问及他们是否知道定罪时,芝加哥公立学校表示,根据州法律,他们不能讨论员工的背景调查。该学区确实表示他们对所有员工进行背景调查——包括通过“州和联邦数据库”进行刑事调查,以及指纹识别。根据该地区用于对嫌疑人进行背景调查的联邦数据库,他们可能会错过对新罕布什尔州的定罪。报告还表明,偷窥的定罪在 2009 年也有可能已经足够老,以至于它不会出现在员工背景调查中。

芝加哥公立学校承诺对其背景调查政策进行“全面审查”。学区将审查 2009 年的招聘情况,以确保当时遵守所有犯罪背景调查要求。

The teacher was an employee at Chicago's Ogden International School when the incidents allegedly occurred. The school is a K-12 institution with fewer than 800 students. The man had worked at the school since 2009. Tribune does not specify which subject he taught.

Allegations say that the teacher attached a camera under the sink of a bathroom. Most of what the camera recorded was staff members using the bathroom, but the Tribune says the video also included footage of an eight-year-old boy. As a result of this footage, the Cook County State's Attorney's Office charged the former Ogden teacher with eight felony counts: seven counts of unauthorized videotaping (the victims were supposedly school staff members) and one count of child pornography (for filming the eight-year-old boy).

The Tribune report stated that prosecutors originally intimated that the suspect had no previous criminal history. As it turns out, he has several past misdemeanor convictions: one for “prowling” someone else's property in 2005 and one for “window peeping” in an unspecified year. The prowling charge occurred in New Hampshire while the man was coaching a college track and field team. The peeping charge occurred in downstate Illinois sometime before 2005.

When asked if they knew about the convictions, Chicago Public Schools said that they could not discuss an employee's background check per state law. The district did say that they run background checks on all employees—including criminal checks through "state and federal databases," and fingerprinting. Depending on the federal database that the district used to run background checks on the suspect, they could have missed his New Hampshire conviction. Reports have also indicated that it's also possible that the window peeping conviction was old enough in 2009 that it wouldn't have shown up on an employee background check.

Chicago Public Schools is pledging to "conduct a full review" of its background check policies. The district will look at 2009 hires to make sure that all criminal background check requirements were being adhered to at the time.

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