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2/1/07-Lindale

Sex Offenders Living In Nursing Homes

KLTV has been reporting on sex offenders living in East Texas neighborhoods, but what about nursing homes? According to a group called A Perfect Cause, in 2005, Texas had more than 120 registered sex offenders living in nursing homes.  

Just this week, Tyler police called out a search for Fred Rushing, 76, a registered sex offender living at Pinecrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.  Police later found he had been moved to a nursing home in New London.   John Jones, 80 is registered on the DPS Sex Offender Registry at Briarcliff Health Center in Tyler. His offense, aggravated sexual assault of a child.   Lindale Healthcare Center says by law it can't ask someone about their criminal background. Instead, it looks very closely at a person's medical history and talk's to their family.

"Normally, that does show up because most people that do have a criminal history have lived those type lives," said Teresa Smith, Director of Nursing at Lindale Healthcare Center. "As they age they normally have diagnosis that goes along with that." Oak Brook Health Care Center in Whitehouse takes it one step further and looks up every potential resident on the sex offender registry.

"We had heard about some cases where nursing homes had admitted some residents that were sex offenders, and they had run into a lot of problems, so for the safety of our residents we have to make sure that didn't happen," said Sue Burford, Oak Brook Health Care Center. It's an issue, the nursing homes KLTV talked to say they take very seriously. You can enter any address, and see for yourself all the details about sex offenders living in nursing homes.   Just go to our homepage, click on the Know More on 7 link on the left side and then click on Registered Sex Offenders. There you'll find links to two web sites, including the DPS database.

Molly Reuter, reporting. mreuter@kltv.com

 

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