"Hope you are doing well. I had a question that I was wondering if you or your readers had any insight on.
My husband and I bought our first house a year or so ago. We have zero home-maintenance skills, and have had several lousy contractors come through. We finally found a contractor that we liked, trusted, and have been happy with for the last year. He started out doing some small projects and we were so happy that we used him and his team when we wanted to embark on any larger projects since then. Coincidentally, our son was born around the same time as his son, and we've been happy to support a guy that has a small family like ours.
Last week, I went on Google to try to find our contractor's email address (we usually just call him, but I had a list of items I wanted to email) and saw a picture of him that looked a little like a mug shot. I clicked through the link and found out that he is a registered sex offender. He plead guilty early last year to assaulting and raping a deaf woman he solicited off Craigslist in 2011. He was put on probation, and as a violation of that probation, he was sentenced to 50 days in prison. He is currently still on probation.
Needless to say, my husband and I are shocked and more than a little disturbed. Should we screen all your contractors? Some of them? Now that we know, do we hire him again (as I mentioned earlier, we have a laundry list of items that need to get done)? Would you?"
I wouldn't hire him again. No.
There are plenty of categories of crimes that someone could be on probation for that wouldn't make me worry about hiring someone, but sexual assault is not one of them.
I've typed and deleted about six other things here, but the bottom line is just that I wouldn't hire him again. I wouldn't make any more contact.
And it sickens me that someone gets only 50 days in jail for rape.