Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Sex offenders paid to baby-sit by state

 Illinois - Cornelius Osborne may not seem like baby-sitting material. He was convicted of raping two women. A succession of felonies, from robbery to failing to register as a sex offender, repeatedly sent him to prison, state records show. But over more than two years, the state paid Osborne nearly $5,000 to baby-sit two children, before his latest conviction for dealing drugs put him back behind bars. Osborne wasn’t the only sex offender paid by taxpayers to baby-sit. An investigation found cases of convicted rapists, molesters and other violent felons given access to children over the past decade. The money comes from a $750 million-a-year program that subsidizes child care for more than 150,000 impoverished Illinois families.  More   

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