PR NEWSWIRE -- Mar 29 -- TRUE filed a civil lawsuit in against a convicted felon and registered (child) sex offender in Florida, Edward Alvin Hodges, Jr., for misrepresenting his felony status when attempting to access TRUE's members. The felon was prevented from communicating with members due to TRUE's proactive policy that requires background screenings on all of its communicating members. According to the Department of Justice's Criminal Offender Statistics, ~67% of convicted criminals released from prison are rearrested for a felony or serious crime. In addition to background and marriage screenings, TRUE has developed a member safety program, led by former Dallas police chief William Rathburn, that further protects members each day by identifying and removing scammers and other fraudsters; reviewing e-mails, profiles and photos; and monitoring chat room discussions. TRUE also employs a number of private investigators and former policemen from major cities around the country who lend their expertise in support of TRUE's prosecution efforts.