I'm currently waiting on my Workman's comp to go through. In the process a collegue of mine mentioned his son who is 18 was looking for work. I interviewed him about 2 weeks ago and he seemed like he was interested in the job. He was born/raised in the south but transplanted to my town so he might actually have a decent work ethic. He has called me a couple times to check up and see how the WC application is going. so that looks good for him too. Now things may change. I mentioned this potential hire to a friend of mine who knows almost kid in town. He said the name sounded familiar, and would ask around to see what anyone knew about him. Evidently this kid is an outcast, and allegedly raped a couple young girls. I do not know if there are charges, or if these are allegations, rumors, etc. I want to believe that it is just a rumor, but I need to get down to the bottom of this. How do I go about it? His father is a very well respected lawyer (so if there was legal charges it could easily have disappeared), a great collegue of mine who I see at least once a week, and also helped me form my legal status as a business. I have already agreed on a starting wage and hours verbally with him. I have to get some answers that are more than just speculation, but how? I work around schools quite frequently and I cannot have that potential predator walking around with my name. but then again, what if its just a rumor?