State Proposes Legislation to Require Elder Abusers to be Added to Offender Registry

Lawmakers in one state are moving to modify sexual predator laws to track those who abuse vulnerable nursing home residents as well. The bill would add those who commit such acts to the state's registry of predatory offenders.

"Sadly we're finding that there's been an increase in abuse of our elderly, and those that may be maybe either have mental health issues, or simply have physical disabilities," said Sen. Warren Limmer.
The State Predatory Offender Registry currently includes those convicted of sexual criminal conduct, kidnapping, soliciting a minor, or possessing child pornography. The proposed bill would require nursing home employees convicted of Criminal Abuse of a Vulnerable Adult to be automatically added to the registry. For more, read the story.

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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