(KMOV)-- News 4 is following up on a story we reported Tuesday regarding a juvenile sex offender who’s accused of trying to lure young girls to his East Alton, IL home.
News 4's Marc Cox talked to the state agency that oversees a job program that placed Michael Church with a landscaping company.
Here is the response:
Put Illinois to work is a federally funded work program that is using stimulus dollars to place more than 26,000 workers with some 4787 employers statewide. The Illinois Department of Human Services is administering the program and has contracted with Heartland Human Care Services and several sub-grantees to administer the program locally.
While local organizations do the best they can to screen workers, if a person has a record as a juvenile that record is sealed and the information is not available to anyone other than the states attorney.
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News 4 has placed calls to Heartland Human Care Services and the Madison County State’s Attorney. We’re hoping to hear from them for our report on KMOV.com and News 4 at 5:00.