Advocates want governor to target sex offenders in nursing homes

Thursday, August 19th 2004, 5:57 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- An advocacy group for the elderly are again calling on the governor to help put an end to sexual predators living among the elderly in nursing homes.

Members of A Perfect Cause hand delivered a second letter to Governor Brad Henry's office Wednesday.

The group is asking the governor to identify the agencies responsible for placing offenders in long-term facilities and to list the facilities housing offenders.

A Perfect Cause President Wes Bledsoe says there are at least 19 sexual predators living in Oklahoma nursing homes.

Henry spokesman Paul Sund says a meeting between Henry and Bledsoe has been tentatively scheduled for next week.

Sund says the state's secretary of health has already started an investigation into the issue.