Child molestation arrest slips through school background checks

8:00 am Sep. 5, 2017

Despite his arrest years ago for child molestation, Joseph Melvin Farrington had a way of landing jobs that gave him access to kids.

He worked at a church child care program in Cobb County until last month when a parent brought his 2000 arrest to the attention of church officials. Farrington abruptly resigned.

But a different job in his recent past raises fresh questions about the state’s background check system for public