States consider legislation to track sex offenders at nursing homes T Some states are considering legislation to warn potential tenants of the risk of moving in. Wes Bledsoe is the founder of A Perfect Cause, a nursing home watchdog group.
A Perfect Cause documented more than 60 suspected rapes, sexual assaults, physical assaults and murders committed by people living in long-term care facilities nationwide. One victim WAS a small child: Tonya Glassco researched at least four facilities before choosing one for her mother-in-law, and each time she asked if sex offenders lived there.
But aside from state sex offender registries, Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas do not require notification be given to nursing home residents or their families when a sex offender moves in. Lawmakers in Alabama are considering a bill that would do just that.
The Action News 5 Investigators discovered at least two registered sex offenders who list a Memphis nursing home as their address. A manager there didn't know he was a registered sex offender until the Action News 5 Investigators called. The manager said, "We want to make sure our residents are protected. Kilpatrick is harmless, he won't endanger anybody. We will address it. But Ashton Place told Memphis police that White hasn't been there in two years.
As cops were obtaining a warrant for White, they quickly discovered he was already dead. Back in Alabama, there is opposition to the bill that would require sex offender notification to be given to residents and their families.
But for Wes Bledsoe, it is a cause worth fighting for. The manager at Ashton Place said the facility checks residents against the sex offender registry, and doesn't allow sex offenders to live there. You can screen your loved one's nursing home yourself. Click here to visit the Tennessee Sex Offender Registry.