COLUMBIA, S.C. (WSPA)–State lawmakers are looking at ways to protect adults that can’t fend for themselves. And a recently proposed house bill would make sure those convicted of abusing vulnerable adults are closely monitored.
Representative Garry smith wants to create a system of checks and balances to make sure someone convicted of abusing a vulnerable adult doesn’t have the chance to do it again.
“A lot of times people who have gotten in trouble in one area for abuse whether it be sexual or otherwise move on to another area and get hired by these same sorts of agencies,” explained Representative Smith.
A vulnerable adult is a person over the age of 18 who can’t defend themselves because of a disability. Grenville County Representative Garry Smith wants to make sure they’re protected from abuse and to prevent repeat offenders. Smith says the registry would work the same way the “sex-offender” registry works.
“What we lack is a registry for things have taken place for when a person is convicted of abuse to actively show the world and people looking at future employees that there may be a problem with this particular person,” said Smith.
It would allow anyone… including… potential employers… to go online… and search for a person’s name… and find out if they’ve been convicted of abusing a vulnerable adult.
The bill will be reviewed in this upcoming session.