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January 17, 2012

Iowa legislators talking about special nursing home for aging sex offenders

This local story from Iowa, headlined "Lawmakers consider site for elderly offenders," spotlights one way state officials are thinking about dealig with aging (but still dangerous) sex offenders. Here are the basic details:

Iowa may have to establish a special nursing home for elderly sex offenders and other criminals, according to a handful of local lawmakers. "These individuals should not be turned loose," state Rep. Helen Miller, D-Fort Dodge, said Saturday morning. "We will have to have a facility where these individuals will be contained."

Miller and other legislators addressed the issue during an Eggs and Issues forum in Fort Dodge held months after a registered sex offender living at the Pomeroy Care Center in Pomeroy reportedly sexually assaulted another resident of the facility....

In the Pomeroy case, William Cubbage, 83, is accused of sexually assaulting a 95-year-old woman at the care center in August 2011. Cubbage was convicted of sex crimes in 2000, 1997, 1991 and 1987. He moved into the nursing home in November 2010. He was removed from it following the alleged assault and was placed in the Newton Correctional Facility.

In response to a question from the audience, Shaw said the state government may have to buy a small nursing home and staff it with personnel trained to deal with sex offenders.

He noted that Branstad has proposed a law requiring nursing homes to notify families of residents when a sexual offender moves into the facility. Shaw said stronger measures are needed. "We need something with some teeth to it," he said.

Iverson and Miller also said a separate facility for elderly offenders may be needed. Although Cubbage was reportedly ordered by a judge to live in the nursing home, Iverson and Tjepkes said care facilities don't have to accept offenders. Beall said he believes the legislature will take action on the issue of sex offenders in nursing homes this year.

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Who the HELL is a dangerous sex-offender. Current Laws (Megan's and the current POS AWA) can't tell s--t from shinola!

Posted by: albeed | Jan 17, 2012 4:39:15 PM

"reportedly sexually assaulted" means lawmakers flagrantly hold the presumption of innocence in contempt. This is far too common to be accidental and it appears to be a nationwide policy.

Posted by: Anon | Jan 17, 2012 5:30:29 PM

interesting but as ILLEGAL AS ALL HELL. the ONLY even little bit of ANY JUSTIFICATION for the so-called "civil comittment" crap is that it's THERAPY! sorry END OF LIFE nursing homes are hardly therapy!

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