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DCF investigating whether sex offender worked at day care center

Tondrick Hall (Florida Department of Law Enforcement)
Tondrick Hall (Florida Department of Law Enforcement)
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Updated: 10/18/2013 7:51 pm

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Tondrick Hall is accused of having unsupervised contact with a 7-year-old child. He was arrested at his home in Jacksonville.

Separately, Action News has learned the Florida Department of Children and Families is investigating whether Hall was employed at a day-care center on the Northside.

"Anyone who is a registered sex offender should not be working with children," said John Harrell, a spokesman for DCF. "We're taking it very seriously so we have both DCF child care licensing and child protective investigative teams on this case."

Harrell said Hall's name was never submitted for a background check for employment at any center, a serious violation for a center if it's proven true. The center would face fines of $500 per day any offender was employed.

"If a director was to approve someone working at the facility, hire somebody whose background had not been screened and if it turned out that person was a registered sex offender, yes there could be fines against that director," Harrell said.

The investigation could last two to three weeks. There have not been any allegations of concerns involving children at any day-care center, according to Harrell.

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