Nursing Homes in Ohio Don't Have To Notify Residents That They Are Living With Sex Offenders

More than 100 registered sex offenders live in Ohio nursing homes -- their convictions for rape, gross sexual imposition and sexual battery generally kept secret from other residents and their families.

A gap in state law requiring notification of anybody who lives within 1,000 feet of a sex offender does not require nursing-home owners to inform residents, family members or guardians when an offender moves into the facility.

Ohio's total of sex offenders in nursing homes has nearly tripled since 2004, said the head of the Perfect Cause, an Oklahoma-based nonprofit group that has been tracking sex offenders in nursing homes for five years.

About two-thirds of the current offenders in nursing homes are from Tier 3, the most serious category, which includes those who have committed crimes such as rape, sexual battery, kidnapping a minor and gross sexual imposition on a child younger than 12. Not all are elderly; in fact, about two dozen are 50 or younger, in nursing homes because of their physical or mental condition.

"What we're seeing is a truly disturbing and horrifying trend," the non-profit director said. "We're seeing a system that's getting worse instead of better. We're seeing more assaults in facilities. Many times the assailants are never charged."

Perfect Cause has documented at least 60 murders, rapes and serious assaults nationwide in nursing homes by residents who are sex offenders. For more, read the story.

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Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.


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