MOREAU -- A convicted child sex offender who is on parole was arrested Tuesday after he was found to have lied on a job application to get a job working for the town of Moreau Recreation Department, officials said.
Robert J. Roberts, 57, of Hudson Falls was charged with violating his parole by working in a park and in close proximity to a school. He was working at Moreau Recreational Park, next to Moreau Elementary School, authorities said.
Roberts is a Level 2 sex offender because of a 2008 conviction in Washington County Court for course of sexual conduct against a child. He repeatedly sexually abused an 11-year-old girl.
There was no indication he had any improper contact with children during his time working for the town of Moreau, officials said.
Police said Roberts lied on a job application filed with the town of Moreau to indicate he did not have any criminal record. A member of the Moreau Recreation Department’s board of directors who is a police officer thought he recognized the name, checked it and determined it was the same person.
That officer notified the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, which determined that Roberts had violated his parole. Police were contacted and criminal charges are possible, officials said.
Moreau Supervisor Preston Jenkins said Roberts had worked for the town for two or three weeks in a part-time capacity in the maintenance department for the Recreation Department.
He said the town did not do a thorough background check and was planning to address the situation and review its policies related to employee background checks.
“We didn’t do a complete background check,” he said. “He was a part-time employee and the resume looked OK.”
He said the town fired Roberts after getting information that he may be a sex offender, and referred the matter to police.
As a Level 2 offender, Roberts is listed on the state Division of Criminal Justice Services public registry, with a picture. He is described as a sexually violent offender, and served more than four years of a five-year prison sentence.
His employment address on the sex offender registry website is listed as 61 Hudson St. in South Glens Falls, which is the town of Moreau’s address.
Roberts was hired just days after a Post-Star article that highlighted a state report pointing out failures by numerous municipalities across the state to perform background checks on employees or volunteers who work with youths. The Moreau Recreation Department was not among the area organizations interviewed for the article.