No perhaps you should not give his name as a reference
February 28, 2011 8:12 AM Subscribe
Why, exactly, would it be terrible to announce that he is a child molester?
posted by jenlovesponies to law & government (32 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
A friend of mine has a boss that is a child molester. This is legit; in Illinois, sex offenders are listed online. Now, my friend sometimes daydreams about quitting while announcing to all the customers that the reason is because he can no longer work for such a man. Now, you are not his lawyer, and you may not be a lawyer, but perhaps you know why, exactly, this would be a terrible plan. The sex offender website says "Anyone who uses this information to commit a criminal act against another person is subject to criminal prosecution," but would he be committing a criminal act? I was reading wikipedia on defamation, and I am guessing that it would not be considered slander- since it would be spoken- because it could cause harm, but on the other hand, it would be true and researched, one needs all three to count it seems.
Now, I don't think he would do this, nor would his coworkers, but we can't really decide if it would illegal rather than merely a terrible and cruel idea.
Possible relevant, but maybe not:
1. This seems to be an open secret; his boss knows, his employees know. At least one customer asked his boss about this, having stumbled onto the information online
2. The business is not aimed at children, but children go in there all the time
3. Illinois publishes the information online.
So, illegal? Or merely unethical? Is the fantasy of telling him off and announcing his crimes that different from the state publishing the information where his underlings can find it?