Monday, September 28, 2009

Felons Caring For Hendry's Children And Disabled?

Three Felons Recorded Working As Care Workers

LABELLE, FL. -- According to a database used by the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, Hendry county has three care workers at local child or disabled care facilities showing past criminal records.

Florida does require criminal background checks for care workers but they may start work before the screening is complete. Those found with a criminal record can then still qualify by applying for an exemption claming they have been rehabilitated.

Mayra Gamez shows up with a criminal history, but is listed as working for Silky's Comprehensive Group Home located in a Port LaBelle neighborhood. According to the database, Gamez, DOB May 30, 1980 has an August 2005 offense date with a record of domestic violence-assault, battery, sexual battery, and an injunction against her.

The group home for disabled adults (photo above) is at 8073 Marsh Circle in Port LaBelle just one street east of LaBelle Middle School. The home is owned by Clint Dodds, according to property records. Dodds had a prior group home business in Miami now out of business, and operates this LaBelle business with partner Agnes George as a for-profit company Silky's Group Home, Inc. The business Silky's Comprehensive Group Home, Inc. went out of business in Miramar, Florida in 2005.

In Clewiston, according to the database Earl C. Vickers, DOB March 17, 1934 has a record of aggravated assault and worked for Betty Vickers Family Day Care Home at 704 Alabama Avenue in Clewiston.

Lisa M. Kline, DOB January 24, 1965, according to the database has a record of domestic violence, assault, battery, sexual battery and an injunction against her from an offense date of May 8, 2003. She is the owner of Mother Goose and Friends Day Care at 340 Commercio Street in Clewiston.

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