Nursing Home for Sex Offenders Becomes Law, a First in America

Tuesday, June 10, 2008 General News J E 4
OKLAHOMA CITY, June 9 The Sex Offenders Long-Term CareFacility Bill, the first of its kind in the nation and the most concretelegislation to protect venerable long-term care residents written in the pastthirty years, will be signed into law by Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry onTuesday, June 10 at 11 am CDT in the Oklahoma State Capitol's Blue Room.

Wes Bledsoe, the nation's leading advocate on Predators in America'sNursing Homes states, "Enactment of this bill will directly reduce murders,rapes, sexual and physical assaults against vulnerable long-term careresidents, as well it serves as a model for the federal government and statelegislatures across America."

The bill (House Bill 2704) ultimately establishes a long-term carefacility for Level III (High Risk) and Level II (Moderate Risk) Registered SexOffenders. The bill was authored by Representative Kris Steele, sponsored bySenator Tom Adelson, and co-sponsored by almost 10% of the Oklahoma StateHouse and Senate membership.

Both chambers of the legislature passed the Sex Offenders Long-Term CareFacility Bill on Thursday, May 22 by unanimous votes.

The bill was inspired and championed by Bledsoe's four-year crusade whichuncovered almost sixty murders, rapes, sexual and physical assaults committedby violent and sexual offenders while living as residents in long-term carefacilities. Victims of these criminal acts include female and male residents,staff and even one 3 year-old visitor.

Bledsoe's research has also debunked numerous fairy tales used asjustifications by elected and appointed officials to warehouse violent andsexual predators in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.Erroneous justifications include:

Bledsoe is currently working with Congressional leaders to call for andconduct a Congressional Hearing to address this "disgraceful issue."1. The offenders are all old 2. Old offenders don't pose a threat 3. Incapacitated or wheelchair bound offenders are safe 4. Child molesters are safe around old people 5. You only need to worry about sex offenders 6. Nursing homes are capable to handle these offenders 7. Prior offenses were minor or they happened long ago 8. Offenders have paid their debt to society 9. It's not rape, it's consensual sex

SOURCE Wes Bledsoe

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