Convicted Sex Offender End Up Volunteering With Several California Churches

A quick criminal history search performed by SSCI revealed the registered sex offender status of Rudolph Michael Hernandez. He was charged and convicted of lewd and lascivious acts with a child who was under 14 in the mid-1990’s in Riverside County, California. So how was Hernandez, who was once again arrested for suspected child molestation and kidnapping last week, able to be working around children again?

Hernandez, 47, was a volunteer for several area churches over the years in the Big Bear and Riverside areas at the time of his arrest. He was recently arrested for suspicion of kidnapping with the intent to commit a sex offense and committing lewd and lascivious acts with a child younger than 14, both of which are felonies.

According to a report, Hernandez was relieved of his volunteer duties by an unknown church after he was allegedly seen alone in a bathroom with a child on church property. Police are looking for any information from the public that could provide details about the churches at which Hernandez has volunteered.

Police are concerned that there could be other victims.

Although Hernandez’s original conviction was set aside in 2013, his status as a convicted sex offender still appeared in a basic background check run through our program. It is unknown whether any of the churches that allowed Hernandez to volunteer with children conducted any background checks. If these churches had performed a thorough, due diligent background screening, they would have easily been able to see Hernandez’s original offense and perhaps, this latest alleged incident would never have occurred.

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