Following the arrest of Department of Children & Families (DCF) spokesman Al Zimmerman on child pornography charges, the DCF inspector general launched a review of the department’s hiring procedures.
A report on the results revealed serious security gaps. In 8% of cases, DCF failed to fingerprint employees; in 10%, it failed to verify references. The inspector general could find no Florida employment application on file at all in 1.4% of cases.
Zimmerman was arrested on suspicion that he paid two 16-year-old boys to pose nude and then sold the photos overseas. The department later discovered he had a record of prior arrests.
“It is of concern that the department cannot readily determine whether adequate have been completed on employees that provide direct services to children,” the report stated.
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