DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - 2 NEWS was first to tell you about Tyrus Worsham, 26, of Piqua, a convicted child sex offender, busted for operating a kiddie ride at the Great Darke County Fair.
He faces new charges after police say he moved and didn't tell authorities who track sex offenders where he was going.
2 NEWS Investigates is asking about background checks for other fair workers, something many families may be wondering about as thousands head to the Montgomery County Fair.
Wednesday is the first night of the Montgomery County Fair. 2 NEWS Investigates learned background checks may not be done on every person working there.
People who work directly for the fair undergo background checks.
But most of the people you see, working the rides and food stands, are not fair employees.
They’re hired by vendors and it's up to the vendors whether to do background checks.
A county fair is a prime attraction for kids. Flashing lights, stuffed animals and rides.
But those rides can be operated by people who have had no background checks. That's concerning to some at the Montgomery County Fair.
“You would assume there would be some sort of clearance process if you will, to vet the ride operators since they will be working so closely with kids. I guess you just wonder did that process fail or was there not a process in place?" said Mandisa Jackson, who is attending the fair.
So we asked Montgomery County fair leaders about their process.
Charles Cox does most of the hiring.
He confirms, they background check all their employees, but has no control over the hiring, or checking, of food and ride vendors.
"I depend on them because they have the same interest I do. To have honest employee’s, fair employees, clean employees it's their reputation too," said Cox.
The Darke County Sheriff’s office tells us the vendor who hired registered sex offender Tyrus Wosham was Kissel Brothers Shows.
For days we've asked what their hiring policy is. We still have not heard back.
The Montgomery County fair uses vendor, Triple Treat Shows. Cox tells us the owners of that company are related to the owners of Kissel Brothers Shows.
I asked their ride manager, Russell Clements about the Darke County Incident.
"Things like that can actually slip through the cracks you never know sometimes I mean you check things out and you try to be as vigilant as you can to find out and make sure you don't have any problems like that but things do slip through the cracks sometimes. It was unfortunate that it happened there," said Clements
Clements tells me they keep people from falling through the cracks by knowing their employees for years or getting good recommendations.
If they do hire outside help, they say it's usually for the set up or take down of equipment.
Cox is confident families heading to the fair are safe.
Natalie: "What would your message be to fairgoers?
Charles: "I would say this to any fair goers. 57 years experience. I would never book anyone on these grounds that I thought had the slightest possibility of not having proper employees."
I spoke with Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer about security at the Montgomery County Fair.
He said they'll have more than a dozen officers on duty at all times the fair is open.
He recommends reporting anything suspicious.
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