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Prior Convictions Missed by Three Criminal Background Checks

A Colorado school bus driver accused of sexual assault on a child had prior convictions that should have prevented him from getting a job. Robert Gordon, 48, was arrested on three counts of Sexual Assault on a Child stemming from an alleged sexual relationship he carried out with a 12-year-old boy in 2002. In the arrest warrant, Gordon admitted to detectives to having sex with the victim and another underage boy at his home on multiple occasions. Both Gordon and the victim described the sex to investigators as being consensual. Court records revealed Gordon was acquitted in a case of Sexual Assault on a Child in 2001. He also had prior misdemeanor convictions of Harboring a Runaway Child in 1998 and driving under a suspended license in 1996. Either misdemeanor would have disqualified any job applicant, however, neither conviction turned up in separate criminal background searches with the Colorado Bureau of Investigations, the Colorado Springs Police and the FBI.

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