You are a probation officer and have a client, Paul Rosen, who was recently released from prison and is a registered sex offender. One of the obligations of a probationer is to keep in close contact with his probation officer. This particular probationer failed to maintain contact with you for a period of 4 months. During your effort to find Paul Rosen, you find out that Paul was involved with a woman who has three children, ages 6, 9, and 14. You feel compelled to contact this woman and find out whether she knew that Paul was a registered sex offender who is out of prison on probation. During the conversation, she was appreciative that you had concerns but explained that Paul told her that he was involved with a 16-year-old, but that the girl had lied to him about her age. She said his conviction was the fault of the girl’s parents, who convinced the daughter to press charges as a way to keep him away from her. She said it was not a big deal because the girl lied to Paul about her age. During your conversation with the woman, you feel compelled to tell her about John’s past of molesting two girls, ages 4 and 7.
Analyze this scenario, and discuss the following:
- Describe how you would handle this situation using normative ethics?
- In applied ethics, you do not deal with the facts of individual cases. You focus on applying ethical rules to a class of cases. Describe the class or type of case represented here.
- After determining the type of case, describe the professional code of ethics that may apply to this type of case?
- Based on the rule you would apply to this type of case, what should you do as a probation officer in this type of case?