NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- APSCREEN, the world's leading full-service Consumer Reporting Agency, announced that beginning in March 2004, it will provide free searches to consumers as a public service on a newly created website called the National Sex Offender Registry. In the past, this information has been used exclusively for commercial and law enforcement purposes. Tom Lawson, CFE, CII & Founder of APSCREEN, comments, "I've been working in the investigative research field since 1980. In fact, APSCREEN practically invented background screening at a time when few even knew what that term meant. Because we feel so strongly about the protection and safety of our children, we are providing this free service so people can easily know whether they have a sex offender living in their area. There are still state and local governments that deny public access to this vital information, so we compiled all of the available databases of sex offenders throughout the nation and are offering this information absolutely free to the public; this is not a profit center for our company." There is no registration or fee for the service and anyone who has a computer and access to the Internet and a web browser can use it. Should a person have any reason to suspect that someone in their neighborhood, school district or community might have a sex crime history they can go directly to www.nationalsexoffenderregistry.net and enter the name of the subject and have a good chance of locating information about a sex offender's past. Currently the database covers 34 states and 12 local areas for a total of 46 jurisdictions. Most of the time, the sex crime records contain enough personal information to verify the identity of a suspect, or provide a lead to pursue further research. Former FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard Rogge, known for his work on the Kennedy assassination, says this about the service, "I've done business with Tom Lawson for 24 years now, and I can honestly say he is one of the most stand-up guys I've ever met. His has integrity and his work is impeccable. Deciding to offer this service free to the public, at his own expense, is just another example of the good work he has been doing for over 24 years now." APSCREEN (www.Apscreen.com), founded in 1980, is the originator of the modern-day factual employment-screening concept. Other services include asset discovery, permissible credit reporting, motor vehicle records, and fraud examination. Tom Lawson is a certified fraud examiner, certified international investigator, expert witness and holds key positions in several national trade associations. Lawson is available for public speaking engagements and white papers can be obtained by calling 1 800 277-2733. Public Relations Contact: Cathy Taylor (949) 635-4923 Company Contact: Tom Lawson (949) 646-4003 This release was issued through eReleases(TM). For more information, visit http://www.ereleases.com.