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Mom Recognizes Door-To-Door Census Worker As Sex Offender
PENNSAUKEN, N.J. - If you didn't send back your census form, you may have gotten a knock at the door.
If you live in Camden County, the census worker on the other side of your door might have been Frank Kuni, a convicted sex offender.
How could that happen? Fox 29's Claudia Gomez got some answers.
That the man had a real census ID makes the case stunning.
Amy Schmalbach said, "He had all his census gear with him, the bag and the badge and so forth. And I knew that I had failed to send my census survey in. So, it felt right to answer the door."
She said, "Everything sort of seemed legitimate to me, but the person kept getting a little closer to me as we were talking, and he kept fidgeting – he was just, there was something odd about his demeanor. And in the middle of all this, my son tries to come onto the front porch. And when I turn my back to push him back into the house, I just had this overwhelmingly bad feeling. I've never had that before."
Schmalbach said, "In that moment I felt incredibly like, this man is going to hurt me. He is going to hurt me. And I've never felt that in my life. And that's what made me really start taking notice, who is he and why do I know this face? And that's when it dawned on me, 'Oh my goodness, I think he's the man from the registry.'"
Read more: My Fox Philly
Stand up and be counted... by a sex offender
Applicants must pass a written test and a check of their Social Security number and date of birth, among other things.
Then, new hires take an oath and get fingerprinted on the first day of training. Fingerprints are sent within a day to an Indiana census center.
If the background check finds something, regional offices get electronic messages that someone should be removed, but not the details.
The order trickles down to a field supervisor.
So the end result is that a criminal could apply to be a Census worker and due an almost certain overload of paperwork by some government employee, get a job and go from door to door. Not only is this scheming criminal, Kuni, at fault here but also the Census Bureau themselves. How could they put the lives of Philadelphians and other people in the country at danger by forgoing this faulty safeguard?
Read more: The Examiner
Originally posted by FortAnthem
I'm suprised this one didn't get much interest.
Some creep with a history of fondeling children gets a job going door to door doing census work and nobody cares?
I guess the obnoxious pushy census takers are the ones who get all the attention.