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Walker reacts to sex offender at State of the State

Governor Scott Walker comments on how a sex offender was displayed during his speech.

Green Bay, Wis. (WFRV)- One of Governor Scott Walker's guests during Wednesday's State of the State Address is under scrutiny after it was found that he is a registered sex offender.

According to online court records, Christopher Barber of Two Rivers also has several felonies and drunken driving offenses on his record. Barber shared the stage with the Governor at one point during his speech and was even introduced by the Governor.

Walker told Local 5 the mistake was the result of an insufficient background check.

"Unfortunately this was an unusual occurrence where this individual was hired first as a seasonal employee and then because of his performance moved up to a full-time employee. So where they thought was a background check did not happen because of that, so we relied on information that was unfortunately not accurate from that company." said Walker Thursday in De Pere.

Walker also says, Barber was a last minute addition, which may have made it easier to miss, but nonetheless, it's important to keep the event in context.

"This was not someone I appointed to a position. This was not someone I hired to hold an office. This was purely a showing of someone who has been hired since January of 2011 and obviously there are tens of thousands of other people who would have great track records personally as well as professionally that would be reflected there as well."


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