INSIDE EDITION Investigates Postal Sex Offenders
It's a sight you see on the streets of every neighborhood in America—the mailman coming up to the end of your driveway or your front door to deliver the mail. You might think it would be impossible or even against the law for a mailman, an employee of the federal government, to be a sex offender. But it's not. Lisa Guerrero has an INSIDE EDITION investigation which may leave you outraged.
Reginald Christian is a mailman in Dallas, Texas. INSIDE EDITION watched as he delivered mail to homes, apartments and even a school.
But INSIDE EDITION found something about this postman's past that the people on his route would be shocked to learn—he's a registered sex offender. In 1993, he pleaded guilty to sexual contact with a 12-year-old girl
Resident Lakashia Wallace said, "Sometimes kids are outside playing when they deliver the mail. Twelve-year-old kids. Oh my God."
So why would the U.S. Postal service allow a registered sex offender to work all day in neighborhoods with children?
Guerrero approached Christian and said, "Sir, you sexually molested a 12-year-old girl. Do you think it's right that you're delivering mail to peoples's homes and you even delivered mail to a school? Do you think you're dangerous?"
"I know I'm not dangerous," said Christian.
Guerrero asked, "Does the post office know about your criminal record?"
"Ma'am I have no comment," said Christian.
And he's not the only one. The U.S. Postal service is so concerned, that they've launched a program trying to identify sex offenders that work for them. But based on what INSIDE EDITION found, they have a lot more work to do.
Miguel Castro is a mailman who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a mentally handicapped 22-year-old, in 1998. According to court papers obtained by INSIDE EDITION, his victim had the "mental condition of a ten year old." Yet INSIDE EDITION watched as he delivered mail to peoples' homes.
Guerrero said, "You molested a 22-year-old girl who was mentally handicapped. Why is it okay for you to deliver mail to peoples's homes?"
"No comment," said Castro.
Guerrero asked, "Do your bosses know?"
"Yeah," said Castro.
Guerrero then asked, "Your bosses are okay with it?"
"No comment," said Castro.
Stephen Bonham delivers the mail to homes in upscale suburbs near Dallas, even though he pleaded guilty to sexual contact with a child in 1995. His route even takes him right by the neighborhood playground. Parents couldn't believe it.
Parent Amy Maiuro said, "I thought to get a job at the post office they had to do all of these background checks, you know with a fine-tooth comb to get a job there. Period. I'm very shocked."
Bonham didn't want to talk to INSIDE EDITION about his crime.
And mail carrier James Richeson pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual assault of a young girl in 1992, but when INSIDE EDITION tried to ask him about it, he drove off without a word.
We showed what we found to child safety advocate Erin Runnion, whose daughter was killed by a suspected sex offender.
Guerrero told Runnion, "All of the men here are registered sex offenders. And if you look at where it says employment, they all work for the U.S. Postal Service. They all deliver mail."
"Oh my gosh! That is horrific if only because as a postal servant, they are aware of patterns of people when they are home and when they're not, whether or not there are children living there. That is really dangerous. I cannot even believe that we're allowing that," said Runnion.
We asked the U.S. Postal Service why they would allow sex offenders into family neighborhoods. They declined an on camera interview, and sent this statement saying, "All employees are entitled to privacy under the law."
Runnion said, "Registered sex offenders are publicly registered. They are not entitled to privacy. That's insane. Outrageous!"
The U.S. Postal Service also told us the safety of the public is a paramount concern, and they approach these matters on a case-by-case basis.