The death of a man who had been arrested for allegedly sexually abusing a foreign exchange student has lead the Miami-Dade School Board to pass tougher precautions on screening sponsor families in the future.
Dale Leary legally opened up his Cutler Bay home to foreign exchange students.
But the 50-year-old man was arrested last month -- along with his wife, 21-year old Marta San Jose-- after both were accused of sexually abusing a teenage girl he took in from Spain.
Only then did we learn that Leary had a criminal past.
He has been convicted in the 1980s of armed burglary, sexual battery, and assault.
Yet somehow he was still cleared to be a host.
“It is both horrifying and a sad realization,” Miami-Dade Public Schools superintendent Alberto Carvalho said.
Carvalho said the Leary case is just one of many examples of how criminals fall through the cracks, because of lax registration policies.
“What we're asking for here is a much more rigorous, in-depth background check-- FBI caliber that registers fingerprints and registers those fingerprints against the backgrounds of any potential individual who want to be hosts,” he said.
School board members are also behind the idea with a new resolution and are urging the U.S. State Department to take action.
Leary bonded out of jail and committed suicide last week outside of his home.
He was found in a running car with a hose attached.
Leary's ex-wife, Claudia Leary, was also found, but survived.
It turns out, she is an administrator with Miami-Dade Schools and detectives have yet to determine what role if any she played in the abuse.
“That individual has been removed from her position, she was not in a role where she had direct contact with students,” Carvalho said.
This BBSNews article originally appeared on News | WPLG.