A Pennsylvania rape suspect working for a door-to-door solicitation company was supposed to have cleared a background check. Had a check actually been run, he probably would not have gotten the job in the first place.
Christopher Henneghan was working for a company that sends people to knock on doors to convince homeowners to change their energy provider. Pennsylvania requires this kind of company to perform criminal background checks on their employees. Just because companies claim they check, doesn’t mean they are telling the truth. In just the last 3 years, the 23-year-old suspect had been arrested 3 times and had pleaded guilty to a break-in, trespassing, using a false ID and aggravated assault. Yet he was still given a job that involved getting access to people’s homes.
The victim says Henneghan punched her in the head, choked her, and threatened her with a knife. She got help by texting 911 while hiding in a closet after the attack. Hennegahan is charged with 11 crimes ranging from rape to terroristic threats.
The thought of anyone breaching the safety of your home is both terrifying and infuriating. When you schedule a service call for your home, you do have some control. Our story with Lucia Bone, founder of the Sue Weaver Cause, has valuable suggestions for vetting workers and protecting yourself in their company. But most of the tips don’t apply to unexpected solicitors. The only way to really protect yourself is to not open the door. If you didn’t call them, you have no obligation to talk with them. Yes, it is easier said than done, and I’ve engaged with them on too many occasions myself, but after hearing this story, I know my actions will definitely change.