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Friday, September 28, 2012

New California Law Protects Child Actors

Posted by on Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 2:52 PM

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Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed into law a measure to afford greater protections of young actors in Hollywood, after recent revelations about child molesters working in the entertainment industry.

The law bars registered sex offenders from representing minors working in the entertainment business. It requires criminal background checks for managers, publicists, photographers and others with unsupervised access to young performers.

Maybe the same should be required for youth pastors.

 

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Gordon Werner 1
not just Youth Pastors ... but the entire clergy
Posted by Gordon Werner on September 28, 2012 at 3:38 PM · Report this
COMTE 2
Or organized religion in general...
Posted by COMTE on September 28, 2012 at 4:51 PM · Report this
eastcoastreader 3
Many churches DO background checks on anyone who works with youth, both paid and volunteer. the good thing is that just letting people know that there will be a background check often makes people who are targeting a church for access to kids to drop the matter and not join/volunteer etc.
Posted by eastcoastreader on September 28, 2012 at 5:45 PM · Report this
robotbutler 4
I wonder if this has anything to do with all those rumors about the fat kid from 'Head Of The Class' , Dan Schneider? He's a producer for Nickelodeon now & supposedly has sex with underage actresses. Of course this is according to blind items on gossip blogs but some of the stories are pretty sick.
Posted by robotbutler on September 28, 2012 at 6:24 PM · Report this
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@3: "Many churches DO background checks on anyone who works with youth, both paid and volunteer."

You're missing the point entirely, they do that for LAYPERSONS, never the clergy.
Posted by geezum on September 28, 2012 at 8:05 PM · Report this
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I don't know if you could actually get away with legally requiring background checks on youth pastors, or pastors in general.

However, I think you could probably get away with a law requiring disclosure about whether such a check was done or not, which would have the practical effect of encouraging them without actually requiring them. Each church would have the right to explain just why they weren't doing them.

Posted by Lymis on September 29, 2012 at 7:21 AM · Report this

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