• Report: #766819

Complaint Review: Mobile Ed Productions

  • Submitted: Thu, August 18, 2011
  • Updated: Fri, August 19, 2011

  • Reported By: Washington Elementary — San Gabriel California United States of America
Mobile Ed Productions
26018 w 7 mile road redford, Michigan United States of America

Mobile Ed Productions Hires Sex Perverts For School Shows redford, Michigan

*UPDATE Employee: Mobile Ed Productions Responds

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Despite a felony record and a lewd conduct conviction, Mobile Ed Productions hired him to put on an astronomy program at a San Gabriel elementary school last year.Daniel Roy Smith, 43, of Fullerton was arrested a day after the assembly at Washington Middle School and was later tried on charges of inappropriately touching four girls during the presentation.

Prosecutors have said they will retry Smith on the one remaining felony count of committing lewd acts on a child under 14.

"How would I know what service to use? Tell me," Thompson said. "I'm supposed to do a double-check on somebody because it didn't come up? I don't know how they do this stuff."

Smith was hired through Mobile Ed by Washington Elementary's Parent Teacher Association. At his trial, prosecutors said Smith's criminal history includes a 1996 arrest for masturbating while parked in front of a playground in Anaheim.

In 1996, Smith also pleaded guilty to a felony count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, and was sentenced to two years in prison, according to court records.

In 1994, Smith pleaded guilty to three felony counts of receiving stolen property and one felony count of unlawfully taking of a vehicle and was sentenced to 16 months in state prison.

Washington Elementary's PTA stopped working with Mobile Ed after Smith's arrest, said Mandy Ng, who was PTA president at the time. "They're not really up to the standards that will be safe to our students," Ng said.

San Gabriel Unified board member Scott Svonkin said he recommended that the district's schools and PTAs stop working with Mobile Ed.

"The firm that hired this predator should not be allowed to do business with us," Svonkin said. "This company failed us once, and I think the risk is too great for them to fail us again." The school district does not regulate the hiring of contractors by the PTA, said district board President Lee Freeman.

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Mobile Ed Productions Responds

AUTHOR: Geoff Beauchamp - (United States of America)

Mobile Ed Productions has been performing in schools since 1979. In that time countless performers have worked for us as independent contractors. We engage in every method available to us to assure that our presenters are of the highest quality. But we are a small company with limited resources. Our presenters are subject to background checks performed by a private company. We also rely on personal references. In the case of Mr. Smith, he came to us with very high personal recommendations and he was passed without question by the company charged with conducting the background check. We were failed by the research company upon whom we had relied and we no longer deal with that company. We have performed in thousands upon thousands of schools and always have received the strongest positive reviews. In 32 years this is the only incident of this kind, and we take the strongest possible measures to ensure it cannot happen again. This incident took place at least three or four years ago. Any school remotely concerned about our reliability, professionalism and the safety of their children may contact us personally for any number of references to satisfied client schools all over the United States.
We wonder at the timing of this report coming several years after the incident.It is simply a reprint of a newspaper article from when the alleged incident took place. 
In thirty-two years we have dispensed with the services of many employees found to be not up to out standards. We wonder if this is a deliberate attempt on the part of a disgruntled ex employee to besmirch our hard won reputation for quality and excellence.

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