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More than a dozen sex offenders living in Kansas nursing homes

October 17, 2011

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— More than a dozen sex offenders are living in Kansas nursing homes, a newspaper found, and officials said there is no system to alert the facilities when they are moving in.

The Wichita Eagle reported Sunday that some state officials are wondering if it’s time to regulate who is allowed to live in those homes or at least provide some protections.

Secretary of Aging Shawn Sullivan said at present nursing homes in Kansas have no way of knowing when they are about to admit a registered offender.

“I’m not aware of any mechanism in place by the KBI (Kansas Bureau of Investigation) or anybody else that notifies a nursing home if a person on the registry ends up moving into that environment,” he said.

The KBI registry shows that 19 of the 5,868 people on the registry last week listed a nursing home as their residence, the newspaper found. The sex offenders, who range in age from 43 to 82, have been convicted of crimes that include indecent exposure and rape. At one point, seven sex offenders lived in a single Wichita facility before being moved to new locations in Kansas and Missouri.

Among those seven, four came from Oklahoma, where a law passed in 2008 calls for the creation of a nursing home exclusively for those convicted of sex crimes. But Wes Bledsoe of Oklahoma City, who runs a long-term care advocacy group, said there were no takers when the state sought bids from those who might want to run the home.

Bledsoe said he thinks every state needs to build a separate facility for aging sex offenders.

“I think these guys need a place to go to,” he said of the offenders. “But I don’t think you want them living across the hall from grandma or grandpa, or maybe even being grandpa’s roommate.”

State Rep. Bob Bethell, R-Alden, has been in the nursing home business for more than 25 years. He said it’s logical to assume that as sex offenders grow old, some will need the type of care offered only in a nursing home.

“We want to make sure they get the care they need, but we also want to make sure individuals in nursing facilities get the protection they need,” he said.

Mitzi McFatrich, executive director of Kansas Advocates for Better Care, said some states have laws that provide for an isolated facility for sex offenders, while others place notification requirements that must be met when an offender moves into a home.

“We really haven’t taken any steps in the state of Kansas to address the issue,” she said.

Comments

Wadde 3 years, 2 months ago

 "Do you place a hungry sticken individual in a grocery store that has no money" and expect not to steal...sometimes its our social enviorment that causes sexual offenses..epspecially Kansas) the enviorment for playing around is deciminal 80% of all Kansas'ans drink liquor and

and have low sex drives and when you ask them for consensual sex they freak...

recreational sex now leads to sexual offense this in-turn encourages to marry but some forms of sexual offenses are Constuitional and the ( sexual registry) is unconstuitional which prohibits you to have a place to live and then a sexual offender lives in a nursing home..

Sexual registry is unconstuituional and should be off the books..

evilpenguin 3 years, 2 months ago

That's the least understandable post I have ever seen, in every sense of the word.

Wadde 3 years, 2 months ago

" Its cost the taxpayer 14 million dollars a year in taxes just to run the sex registry in Kansas"

msumm11 3 years, 1 month ago

I am willing to pay whatever i have to to know that i have a pedifile living near my children, that statement makes me sick. Maybe they should just change it a little, someone that pees in public should not have to be on it now should a teenager having consintual sex with his girlfriend if one is 18 and the other 15 or 16. But if you are a rapist or a child malester everyone has the right to know, the only real problem with the list is there are so many that should be on it and aren't....

Alceste 3 years, 2 months ago

Lists. Lists. We need more lists. Where's the list of people who hit other people over the head with a lead pipe to rob them? Why is there no list of this type of sterling citizen? Where's the list of people who pipe whip other people? Or, how about the list of left handed people.....we all know left handed people are prone to violence. Lists....we need more of 'em....

Deja Coffin 3 years, 2 months ago

When I was in Elementary school we used to have Nursing Home Buddies. Each student had one person that they visited once a month. It was a lot of fun for both the students and the residents. I wonder if they still do that today and if so, how would they be able to guarantee the students weren't in contact with the sex offenders. What about the safety of the residents?

Fred Whitehead Jr. 3 years, 2 months ago

+100.....Amen!!!! Grandstanding politicians always manage to create grand ideas that have little realistic use.

Barry Watts 3 years, 2 months ago

It has a lot of use for parents and leaders of organizations that work with kids. This is not grandstanding by politicians, but a true desire to help the community. You can disagree with it, but it has a lot of realistic use. The other option is to get rid of the registry and leave them in jail longer. Which is the more cruel and unusual punishment?

Cait McKnelly 3 years, 1 month ago

Due to patient confidentiality laws I can't go into details (obviously) but about 12 years ago I worked in a nursing home (not in Lawrence) that accepted a known serial pedophile as a resident. The patient had aged greatly during his incarceration and was crippled from arthritis and in a wheel chair. He was totally dependent on the staff for his activities of daily living; dressing, bathing, etc. He couldn't even feed himself. His parole officer made the arrangements for his admission (and was his designated power of attorney on the admission contract) and despite the man's obvious disabilities, it was actually in his admission contract that if other resident's family members brought children into the facility to see their grandparents or for a party or other activity, he was to be confined to his room while they were there. The staff were all aware of this and aware of the rules regarding his admission and residence and followed them I don't have a problem with this. I do have a problem with such a person being admitted without the knowledge of the staff and the opportunity being given to protect the community. Although the majority of people in nursing homes have physical disabilities that would preclude a sexual assault from happening (or they wouldn't be there), there is a portion of the community that is there for dementia care. It's not that they can't physically care for themselves but they aren't mentally capable of it. Dementia, in and of itself as a disease, removes inhibitions. So there is every possibility that a nursing home can admit someone who is a past sex offender, still be fully capable of committing an assault and even suffer from a disease that would remove any inhibitions they may have from doing so and not even know it. To open up a frail, at risk community to that kind of possibility and without any warning to the staff is beyond unconsionable; it's criminal.

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