Never underestimate the value of a good, solid background check.
The Akron RubberDucks (AA affiliate of the Cleveland Indians and one of the great names in all of sports) fired public address announcer Scott Foster on Monday. The RubberDucks had just hired Foster earlier this month after a robust competition for the job, so what in the world could have happened in that short a time?
The team just so happened to have discovered that he was a sex offender.
The team on Monday announced the firing of Scott Foster, whom the team had hired earlier this month. The move followed a Beacon Journal inquiry into Foster’s hiring in light of sex offenses he committed in Medina as a teacher more than a decade ago.
It was in Medina where Foster, then 30 and a middle school teacher, was convicted in 2004 of sending unwanted, sexually explicit emails and making sexually suggestive comments to two 13-year-old girls at A.I. Root Middle School. He pleaded guilty to three felony counts of importuning and was sentenced to 180 days in jail. He also was ordered to perform community service and receive sex counseling.
He was labeled a sexually oriented offender, which required him to register his address for 10 years. That requirement has expired.
RubberDucks spokesman Adam Liberman would confirm only that Foster was dismissed from the organization. He could not say whether the team conducted a background check prior to hiring him.
“At this time, he’s no longer with the team, and that’s all the comment we have this time,” Liberman said.
Foster beat out 50 competitors for the job and an article about his hiring from two weeks ago states that he was an Akron native who was a wedding and party DJ. Yea, I’m guessing the RubberDucks may not have looked into Foster before initially hiring him because one would think that just *might* be something that would appear.
Again, never underestimate the value of a good, solid background check