Guard against paedos
THE report, “Paedophile places tutoring ads” (Weekend Argus, July 24) describes how Brian Shofer, a convicted paedophile, claims he is a rehabilitated person. As a sex offender his name should have appeared on the National Register for Sex Offenders.
Although he served his sentence, he re-offended and served jail time again. This indicates his victims were children who were vulnerable. In the past, he offered to help children and then hurt them.
Parents should put all safety measures in place and check references before they allow any person to assist or take care of their children. The National Register for Sexual Offenders is not open to the public, but only to employers who hire people to work with children.
I appeal to parents to ask questions and make 100 percent sure your child is in safe hands. Sexual abuse has long-term effects and needs holistic intervention.
I urge any employer who works with children to ensure staff are checked against the registerbefore being employed.
I also thank the provincial Department of Social Development for monitoring in the interests of our children.