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February 9, 2017

Noting the concerns prompted by aging sex offenders

This short local Ohio article, headlined "States look for solutions to growing number of aging sex offenders," provides yet another example of how the sex offender label has echoes throughout so many aspects of society. Here are excerpts from the piece:

As states like Ohio deal with a growing number of aging registered sex offenders, another state is examining what to do with elderly sex offenders when they are in need of nursing home care.  In Iowa, lawmakers are studying whether to establish a separate facility for sex offenders to keep them away from other nursing home residents.

A Dayton Daily News examination found numerous examples of lax oversight of sex offenders in nursing homes in Ohio.  This newspaper’s investigation found 136 sex offenders were living in 43 nursing homes in Ohio in October. It also identified potential problems with the safety net, from under-staffing at homes with offenders to a lack of information on the public registry used by facilities to make admission decisions.

The Iowa Senate Human Resources Committee this week approved a resolution which asks the state’s legislature to create a committee to study the establishment of a facility to care specifically for those who are sex offenders or are sexually aggressive.

Iowa, like Ohio, has no dedicated facility for housing sex offenders in need of long-term care.  “The lack of such a facility places other geriatric patients, residents, and tenants at risk for being sexually abused,” the Iowa resolution says.

The proposal suggests studying either establishing a new facility, or expanding an existing one to keep sex offenders or sexually aggressive individuals separate from the general nursing home population.

February 9, 2017 at 11:28 AM | Permalink


I have no understanding of what anyone thinks a sex offender who is in a nursing home is going to do. Think obscene thoughts to other residents? This is a classic case of grouping all sex offenders together as they are all the same. It is also a telling statement that there is absolutely no moving on from a sex offence crime. Ever.

Posted by: Anne | Feb 9, 2017 6:50:17 PM

How stupid, stupider and stupidest we become. American Exceptionalism at its finest!

You cannot make this stuff up, and our politicians still preen and stink. The emperor lost his clothes a long time ago, helped by the Supreme Court and their deliberate lies.

Posted by: albeed | Feb 9, 2017 10:36:06 PM

The overbreadth of the term "sex offender" strikes again. I suppose they really mean violent sexual assaulters. And I suppose even those age out of violent and/or sexual behavior.

Posted by: Fat Bastard | Feb 10, 2017 12:19:01 AM

No sex offender can outdo the Boomer in depravity.


Posted by: David Behar | Feb 10, 2017 12:45:39 AM

Laws and regulations should be safe and effective. There is no evidence to support a benefit from Sex Offender Registries.

Lawyer quackery violates the Fifth Amendment. No one has challenged them on that basis.

Posted by: David Behar | Feb 10, 2017 12:47:27 AM

I'd venture to say that there have been more sexual assaults of residents in nursing homes by "staff" rather than by any resident who has the misfortune of being on the registry!

Posted by: kat | Feb 10, 2017 9:48:30 AM


That is my first thought as well.

Posted by: Daniel | Feb 10, 2017 1:59:15 PM

WTF......Really.....separate facilities ??........WTF

Posted by: book38 | Feb 10, 2017 8:53:12 PM

I see "violent sex offender" used quite frequently, but no definition. I suspect it begins with inappropriate touching and ends with rape and/or murder. Any ideas?

Posted by: Oswaldo | Feb 16, 2017 11:20:37 AM

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