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PROTECT ACT Prosecutorial Remedies and Other Tools to end the Exploitation of Children Today Act of 2003 Public Law Presented by Bud Gaylord Director, Case Analysis and Support Division, NCMEC
NCMEC Pilot Program Update National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Background Check Unit
NCMEC Background Check Unit Responsible for assessing fitness for volunteers of the three youth groups participating in the pilot program. Fitness determination is based on the results of a fingerprint and criminal history check. BCU evaluates all results forwarded from the FBI under the Child Safety Pilot Program and from the State of Montana under the State Pilot Program.
NCMEC Background Check Unit Staffing – Supervisor – Staff Assistant – Four Staff Analysts Results are forwarded to youth groups via fax or . Assessment and notification to be made within hours.
Criterion Offenses R1 – Any felony (any crime punishable by confinement greater than one year) R2 – Any lesser crime involving force or threat of force against a person R3 – Any lesser crime in which sexual relations is an element, including “victimless” crimes of a sexual nature R4 – Any lesser crime involving controlled substances (not paraphernalia or alcohol) R5 – Any lesser crime involving cruelty to animals
Determinations: Red, Green, Yellow RED Light Worded: “does not meet the criteria” A conviction of any criterion offense (R1-R5) A sex offender registrant GREEN Light Worded: “meets the criteria” Applicant has no record The crime for which the applicant was arrested or convicted is not a criterion offense
Determinations: Red, Green, Yellow YELLOW Light Worded: “may not meet the criteria” An arrest of one or more of the criterion offenses with no disposition noted Expunctions, restoration of rights, or pardons of a criterion offense Any charge involving a child resulting in a disposition favorable to the applicant Arrest(s) or conviction(s) where it is not readily apparent if drugs or alcohol is involved (i.e. “DUI- Liquor or Drugs”) unless it is a felony conviction, as defined in R1
January 16, 2004 NCMEC has processed 192 records to date Records Received by Organization: Boys & Girls Clubs of America: 0 Montana Department of Justice: 57 National Council on Youth Sports: 0 ∙ American Youth Soccer Organization: 0 ∙ Pop Warner: 0 National Mentoring Partnership: 135
Determinations Made to Date RED Light: 3 (Two R1, One R4) Mentor: 2 (1.0%) Montana DOJ: 1 (0.5%) GREEN Light: 184 Mentor: 128 (66.7%) Montana DOJ: 56 (29.2%) YELLOW Light: 5 Mentor: 5 (2.6%) Note: Percentages based on total records received. Updated January 16, 2004
Reasons For Adverse Determinations to Date Red: Felony sale of controlled substance (R1) Possession of controlled substance (R4) Felony fraud/forgery (R1) Yellow: Arrest for threat of force against a person – no disposition Arrest for possession of controlled substance – no disposition Arrest for driving under influence of either drugs or alcohol – no disposition Arrest for force against a person and a possible felony – no disposition
Key 1 – Mild 2 – Moderate 3 - Heavy Based on organization projections provided to NCMEC of peak times