Repeat sex offender’s admission to nursing home sparks questions

March 30, 2017
Thomas Moore (Photo courtesy New York State sex offender registry)

A registered sex offender who’d previously targeted elderly and disabled women was placed into a western New York nursing home upon his release from prison, and is now accused of sexually assaulting another resident there, according to The Buffalo News.

The case of Thomas Moore is similar to one in Ohio investigated by the Dayton Daily News last year, and raises anew questions about where sex offenders in need of nursing care should be housed. 

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According to the Buffalo News coverage, Thomas Moore, 62, previously served prison time for two convictions involving disabled or incapacitated women in hospitals. 

He was released from prison in 2016 with a label of Level III sex offender, the most severe. 

Because of his own disability and medical needs, Moore was released to Waterfront Center, a nursing home in Buffalo.  Less than a month later, he was arrested and charged with sexually abusing a fellow resident in her bed. 

The nursing home told the Buffalo paper that they were unaware of his sex offender status or history until weeks after he was admitted. 

The case mirrors that of Scott Russell Cook, which the Dayton Daily News chronicled. 

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When Cook moved into a Stark County nursing home in early 2016, the staff said they were aware of his sex offender status, but not of the particulars of his history. 

Cook’s previous victim was a 92-year-old woman he attempted to rape while he was housed in a Cleveland nursing home.

Seven days into his stay at Roselawn Gardens, he was caught assaulting an 85-year-old woman in her bed. He is now back in prison. 

Read more from our investigation:

Proposed sex offender registry changes would be based on risk

Sex offenders in Ohio nursing homes: 5 things to know

Convicted rapist says his care hurt by his offender status

Despite law, sex offenders live near schools

Ohio’s sex offender registry missing critical information

Proposal would lessen penalties for some sex offenders