YMCA screening for sex offenders

Central Florida YMCA members are getting a letter, letting them know that anyone who uses the club, including guests, will be screened against a national sex offender database. 

The YMCA prides itself on being a family-friendly community center. They said this new rule is in keeping with that spirit.  YMCA members, like Moses Rodriguez, say it works for them. 

“You've got kids, families here. You also have a swimming pool we use, and it would be a great idea. I don't see why not,” Rodriguez said.

Attorney Whitney Boan said its good business for the YMCA, and good public relations. 

“I do understand the rationale behind it, in terms of saying we do take this seriously. When you come to our establishment we are family oriented and we want to know what's going on,” Boan said.

Boan said registered sex offenders don't have the choice of staying anonymous. 

“You don't have a right to privacy as a sex offender with regard to the fact that you're required to register as a sex offender.”

Boan said it's also important from a legal standpoint. 

“They're basically saying we are not going to be put in a position where we're evaluated later if something does happen. We're taking measures on the front end.”

YMCA officials said new policy goes into effect August 1.