CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - If your loved one resides in a local nursing or rehabilitation facility, they may be living with a sex offender and not know it.
A new Ohio state law now requires nursing and residential care facilities to screen for registered sex offenders. If the search identifies the individual as a registered sex offender and the person is admitted to the facility, administrators must also develop a plan of care to protect other residents' rights, notify all other residents and their loved ones that a sex offender has been admitted and direct the individual in updating their address in the Ohio state internet-based sex offender registry. The law took effect September 15, 2014.
The new requirements only apply to sex offenders admitted on or after September 15. The law does not address sex offenders living at facilities prior to that date.
For years, the old state law required local sheriffs to notify anyone living within 1,000 feet of a sex offender, but an unintended loophole did not require administrators of long-term care facilities to notify residents and their sponsors when a sex offender was admitted.