SEATTLE (AP/CBS Seattle) — Twenty-Eight registered sex offenders in Washington State lived in state regulated or subsidized child care settings during the past decade, according to a new state audit.

The data comes from a performance report conducted by the state auditor’s office. The goal of the review is to recommend solutions as to how Washington can better protect children from sex offenders in child care, foster care and schools.

The audit released Wednesday found that all of these cases could have been prevented if everyone was strictly following state laws. In fact, one sex offender worked as a high school janitor undetected for nearly a decade.

A spokeswoman for the auditor’s office on Friday commended state agencies for taking action to improve their procedures when they learned of the problems.

And the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction thanked the auditor for pointing out a gap in their procedures.

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