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Parents of FCPS Call for Annual Background Checks After School Counselor’s Arrest


A convicted sex offender had been working as a counselor at Glasgow Middle School in Virginia’s Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), and no one knew it. FCPS responded that while they conducted a background check when he was hired in August of 2020, his arrest for a sex crime with a minor did not occur until November of that year.

He has now been fired, but was able to stay employed at the school for nearly two years after his arrest. The superintendent has brought in a third party to conduct an independent investigation to determine exactly how this could have happened.

Parents are also now demanding that FCPS enact a new policy that would require annual criminal background checks for all employees “who, as a function of their job, may have one-on-one contact with children.”

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