Hundreds of Homeless and Foster Children in Florida Summer Camps Run by Convicted Criminals

Saturday, November 20, 2010
Ronnie Green, arrested 30 times between 1981 and 2007
Officials in Palm Beach County, Florida, have been doling out hundreds of thousands of dollars to businesses operated by convicted felons for them to run summer camps for foster kids and the homeless.
An investigation by the Palm Beach Post uncovered child molesters, thieves, drug dealers and others with criminal records who had earned nearly half a million dollars over the past three years to look after more than 600 children, along with many disadvantaged adults.
One camp operator “repeatedly sexually assaulted a 6-year-old girl. Another scammed trusting women out of thousands of dollars. Still another dealt crack in an open-air drug market,” wrote Michael Laforgia of the Post.
None of the companies hired to watch over at-risk kids were asked to pass background checks.
-Noel Brinkerhoff


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