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YMCA: Pre-employment check on rape suspect was clean

The alleged rape occurred at the Madison YMCA, where Joshua Bradford was employed. (Source: WAFF) The alleged rape occurred at the Madison YMCA, where Joshua Bradford was employed. (Source: WAFF)
Joshua Wayne Bradford (Source: MPD) Joshua Wayne Bradford (Source: MPD)
MADISON, AL (WAFF) -

The completion of a sex offender treatment program meant that a man accused of rape at the Madison YMCA did not have a prior charge show on his record when he was hired there.

Joshua Bradford, 33, has been fired from the YMCA. Madison police said he’s charged with rape.

He's accused of having non-consensual sex with a young woman at the YMCA in Madison in April.

According to court documents, Bradford faced a rape charge in 2000 in Madison County. Bradford entered into the North Alabama Sexual Offender Treatment Program.

Dr. Frankie Preston heads program.

"These are first offenders and these are people who generally have no records or misdemeanor records,” said Dr. Preston, a licensed psychologist.  

Dr. Preston can't talk about Bradford's case specifically, but says everyone a part of the two-year program admitted they did something wrong.

"Our philosophy is if you are seeking treatment then you have to have a reason to be treated,” said Dr. Preston.

Dr. Preston says once an offender attends at least 102 weekly meetings, they’re done with the program.

Court records also show that Bradford’s 15-year-old rape charge was dropped.

That means, it doesn't show up on some criminal background checks including the one completed by the YMCA.

A YMCA spokesperson says Bradford passed a pre-employment background check by a third party which searches for only criminal convictions.

Bradford’s name was run through a National Sex Offender public website but since he wasn’t convicted of a crime, he came up clean. It's how Bradford was hired and eventually working at the place the alleged rape took place.

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