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The U.S. Census Bureau's reported hiring of a registered child sex offender to manage its Charlotte office has drawn the ire of North Carolina lawmakers -- some of whom are now insisting on an investigation into how the man's employ came about.

Kenneth Mabry, 44, had been listed on the state’s sex offender registry for several years before his hiring in August by the Census Bureau, according to a FOX46 investigation. Convicted in 2013 of the attempted molestation of an 11-year-old girl in Missouri, Mabry was sentenced to three years’ probation and was made to register as a sex offender for a minimum of ten years, FOX46 reported. His registration seemingly went unnoticed until March 12, however, when Mabry was arrested for allegedly “engaging in a sex act” with a 9-year-old girl.

“This hiring is incredibly concerning and should have been easily avoided," Sen. Tom Tillis, R-N.C., told FOX46. "This was clearly a failure on the part of the Census Bureau and we need to find out how this happened and how we can prevent such gross oversights moving forward.”

Democratic representatives Alma Adams and David Price have also joined the chorus of condemnation, demanding an investigation into Mabry's hiring.

Some of Mabry's former coworkers also expressed outrage, noting their concerns that Mabry had attended an array of child-friendly community events throughout his seven-month tenure, including church gatherings and local parades.

In his role with the Charlotte census office, Mabry -- who reportedly received a taxpayer-funded salary -- was in charge of the bureau's hiring.

In a statement, the Census Bureau said the former Charlotte manager is no longer an employee of the organization and added the bureau takes “the matter very seriously.”

“We remain committed to hiring practices that are fair and ensure safety to the public,” the statement said. “We have rigorous hiring procedures and checks in place to catch these issues early in the hiring process and deal with them in the appropriate manner.”
 

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roadsidehorror

Slippy like the Manson Family
This is why I held the last census worker at gunpoint until the police arrived. No, not really. I thought the motherfucker was casing the joint. Looking for something to steal, rape or kill.
 

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