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School contractors not subject to same screening process as teachers

A carpet installer working at Douglas over the summer was revealed to be a sex offender. (Source: WAFF) A carpet installer working at Douglas over the summer was revealed to be a sex offender. (Source: WAFF)
Sheriff's officials said Eneriko was picked up after learning he was doing work at Douglas High School . (Source: MCSO) Sheriff's officials said Eneriko was picked up after learning he was doing work at Douglas High School . (Source: MCSO)
MARSHALL COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

There are new questions about just how safe your school may be when it comes to sex offenders there. This comes after a contractor was discovered at a Marshall County school doing work as a carpet installer.

Christopher Isaac Eneriko remains jailed without bond on charges of violating employment and prohibited location as a sex offender.

Sheriff's officials said Eneriko was picked up after learning he was doing work at Douglas High School installing new carpeting.

Officials said the incident happened while school was not in session.

According to sheriff's officials, Eneriko was listed as a sex offender for a 2013 charge of sexual battery out of the state of California.

Investigators also discovered Eneriko was living at a home where children were present.

District Attorney Steve Marshall says schools do what they can to pre-screen employees, but those rules don't apply to contractors.

"Anybody that's hired by the school systems is going to have to be screened by the Department of Education so that you don't have a sex offender in the schools specifically working with kids," Marshall explained. "Beyond that, the school board is going to set policy for those that are sex offenders appearing on campus."

Prosecutors said there are laws preventing offenders from being on campus, but there are not any checks.

"Communicating that with the contractors, making them fully aware of the responsibility that they have with regard to their employees," said Marshall. "Beyond that, there's not going to be a 100-percent way of making sure that no sex offender could ever be on a school campus, let alone around kids."

Eneriko will remain in jail until he has a hearing before a judge but the date is currently unknown.

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