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Old 10-18-2014, 09:07 AM
 
Location: SC
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So, last year I hired a company to do my lawn. Everything is fine. The guy who does it seems to be a good guy.

Yesterday, I approach him as he is cutting the lawn to find out what the situation is regarding closing out this season and going into the next. He tells me that he and his partner, the guy he was working for/with have split the company in two and he will continue to cut my lawn.

OK.

So, he gives me his name, address, phone, and other contact information.. But it is badly written and hard to figure out, so I go to the Internet to look him up and find his picture and information on a sex offender page.

This is the detail of the violated statute...

Offense Against Morality and Decency

ASSAULT WITH INTENT TO COMMIT CRIMINAL SEXUAL CONDUCT

Class A, C, or E Felony Code Section 16-3-656 CDR Codes 253-255
Elements Of The Offense

1. That the accused had the intent to commit Criminal Sexual Conduct.
2. That there was an overt act toward commission of the crime.
3. That the accused failed to accomplish actual "Sexual Battery."

Penalty:

Assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct described in the above sections shall be punishable as if the criminal sexual conduct was committed.


Reading this and his charge page, I see that (a) the arrest was 5 years ago, (b) the offense was listed as third degree.

I don't know much about crime, but I do speculate that if it is third degree, it could have been a date situation that went wrong, something with his wife, or many other such things.

I am not married and have no children around the house, so for me, I think I can just let it be and be sure not to invite the guy into the house unless and until I get to know him better. My concern and question is "do I owe anything to my neighbors to disclose what I have learned? I started using the services because a neighbor was already a customer."
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Old 10-18-2014, 03:54 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Can you contact his former partner and ask what he knows about this guy's history? It may be that they were loosing business as others discovered his record but not on account of his current conduct.

Don't let any vendor into your house, period. It doesn't matter that the person has no record. There is no reason for a mow & blow, gardener or pool guy to enter your house even if he is a candidate for sainthood.
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Old 10-18-2014, 04:21 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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Depends on whether he peed in an alley at 2 am after a night at the bar or if he molested a child. Obviously the first isn't really a big deal. Unless you are worried he will pee in your yard
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Old 10-18-2014, 04:58 PM
 
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Find someone else. 3rd degree is not just one of those "peed in public after a night at a bar" type of offenses. I hate that people who do that are even given sex offender status.
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Old 10-18-2014, 05:59 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Find someone else. 3rd degree is not just one of those "peed in public after a night at a bar" type of offenses. I hate that people who do that are even given sex offender status.
I agree, but for another important reason. Now that you know about his history, you could be sued if something happens when he's working at your home, for knowingly bringing him into the neighborhood. Just not worth playing with fire.
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Old 10-18-2014, 06:13 PM
 
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You can be labeled a sex offenderfor life for BS reasons. People have their lives ruined in high school for being a senior and sleeping with a junior because of one being 18. Total BS.
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Old 10-18-2014, 06:26 PM
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Location: Suburb of Chicago
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You can be labeled a sex offenderfor life for BS reasons. People have their lives ruined in high school for being a senior and sleeping with a junior because of one being 18. Total BS.
Except the person in question was charged with assault with an intent to commit a sexual offense.
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Old 10-18-2014, 06:40 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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I agree, but for another important reason. Now that you know about his history, you could be sued if something happens when he's working at your home, for knowingly bringing him into the neighborhood. Just not worth playing with fire.
I don't think he could be sued.

The OP isn't running a daycare or hiring the guy to mow the yard at a school where he would be required to run a background check.
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Old 10-18-2014, 07:22 PM
 
Location: Secure, Undisclosed
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As a retired criminologist, and not one from the Carolinas, I'd still have to say that charge looks awfully thin. And we're asking the wrong questions here.

Assault is placing someone in fear that they will be battered - and the battery here was not committed. He could have done that verbally. Example - telling someone "I want to [touch you in an inappropriate way]" - the victim says no and later tells the police that story. He's busted, irrespective of the circumstances. Was it his girlfriend of six years with whom he was quarreling or was it a 12 year-old child for whom he was babysitting? Huge difference.

Third degree is lesser than both first and second degrees. Leads me to believe more the former than the latter.

What is the rest of his record? What did the courts do to him? (Easy to find out - most court records are now on the Internet.) Most importantly - how old was he when the offense occurred? Over 30 pretty much means a career criminal, and under thirty not so much. (Males generally wind down from offending around 18 to 23, but if they are still offending past thirty, they are probably going to be lifers, according to Sampson and Laub's theory, "Crime in the Life Course.")

You need more data before you can make a reasonable decision about whether you want to give this guy a shot at working for you or if the risks are simply too high for you.

Send me a PM if you want more information about what you can find out - and how to do it.

Best of luck, R-3
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Old 10-18-2014, 07:35 PM
 
Location: Santa Cruz
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Anyone who comes to your home to do work could always be a criminal, that's life. That's why you take precautions with strangers by paying them outside and not letting them into the house. You can keep him or not but if he's good, for me, I may keep him on.
No your neighbors do not need to know unless there is some extenuating circumstances where he is acting outside of his paid position such as conversing with the neighbor kids. Just be alert or look into it further, can't hurt

It appears a crime involving a teen took place, or almost did but you never know if it was reduced down to a lesser charge which happens a lot here in California
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