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Minnesota Nurse's Future Background Check Will Reveal a Theft Conviction

A 40-year-old nursing assistant was suspected of stealing money while she was employed at a nursing home in Winnebago, MN. She was charged with misdemeanor theft after stealing money from residents and employees and admitting to it during police questioning. The woman pled guilty in court and faces three months in jail and a $1000 fine. However, her real troubles are just about to begin.

The nursing home management had all the documentation in order, having followed the routine state agency hiring procedure and conducted a criminal background check for this employee, just like all other job applicants. Working with the elderly is just about as sensitive a position as working with children, so no one deemed untrustworthy would ever have been hired.

Things happen sometimes after the employee has been hired, and that's why it's important to conduct random background check repeats for all current employees. Although this nursing assistant had a clean record when hired, that will now change. Now that she's lost her job and was branded as a thief, a couple of bad decisions will follow her around forever, preventing her from ever getting another nursing job.

The above account is based on actual events. A background check may protect peaceful citizens from being deceived and/or harmed by a cunning criminal.

A Devoted Caretaker

Robert Ellis Cox was a veteran police officer in Salt Lake Valley, Utah. He was married, and his wife had two young daughters from a previous marriage. Meeting Robert changed the lives of this woman and her children. He was so attentive and helpful, always there to make things easier on his wife. He even changed his shift at the precinct, allowing her to work during the day, while he took care of the children at home. He really appeared to care about these girls, helping them with homework, cooking their meals and participating in their games. The girls' mother felt especially comforted that whenever she was not around, her kids were safe under the watchful eye of a policeman.

Then suddenly, Robert Cox was wanted for child molestation. He had just recently retired from the police force, when his stepdaughters revealed that the man who claimed to care about them had been sexually abusing them the whole time between the summers of 1995 and 1996. Cox fled the state before the investigation was complete. He was soon discovered in Minnesota, where he worked at Wal-Mart. The Utah detectives asked Minnesota cops to question Cox, but since no charges were formally filed, they did not arrest him at the time, and he immediately took off again.

In November of '02, America's Most Wanted aired the case, following which dozens of tips came in from Minnesota. Cox saw the story and called the local TV station. He claimed the accusations against him were false, and announced that he was turning himself in the next morning. The TV station alerted the cops, and when on November 23, 2002 Cox approached the police station in Pine County, Minnesota, they were waiting to arrest him. The former police officer was sentenced to 16 years to life for nine first-degree felonies: four counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, four counts of sodomy of a child, and one count of rape of a child.