An investigation is underway in Fairfax County to find out how a convicted child molester became a guest speaker at a county festival for families.
This coming after the ABC7 News I-Team discovered the sex offender gave a presentation to children at the festival.
The man, Scott Breeze, admits he was invited to be part of "Living History Presentation" at the former Lorton reformatory. On Thursday, U.S. Marshals took Breeze into custody on a warrant for violating conditions of his release.
Breeze was invited to the festival to give a speech about his time as an inmate at the former Lorton reformatory -now a Fairfax County park, where he spent part of an 18-year sentence for sodomizing a 9-year-old boy.
At the event, he spoke to hundreds of guests, including children.
The Fairfax County Park Authority advertised the event as family friendly. But one Facebook post more than two weeks before the event was the only public notification ABC7 found that former inmates would be there.
And, the county admits, it never looked into the nature or severity of the offenders' crimes.
"I'm shocked and surprised. And really disappointed in the county,” said one parent. “Really surprised that they didn't do their background check."
When ABC7 started asking questions, county officials called for an internal investigation.
"Our county attorney's office, as well as other appropriate staff, are checking into what happened and why and was anything, or did anything happen that was against county policy,” said Sharon Bulova, chairwoman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.
But it wasn't just Fairfax County. Breeze's parole supervisors in D.C. gave him permission to attend the event, even though his parole conditions strictly prohibit any direct contact with minors.
Why would a federal agency allow Breeze to violate his parole? His parole officers refused to answer ABC7’s questions.
When Breeze was paroled he had to sign a document acknowledging he could not have direct contact with minors, even in public. But, he says he did nothing wrong.
"That's not a problem for me,” he says. “I mean, I was never alone with anyone!"
As a result of ABC7’s investigation, this case is now in the hands of the United States Parole Commission, which could revoke Breeze's parole and send him back to prison. Also, Fairfax County says it is doing an internal review of all relevant policies and procedures.