Assemblyman Sean Ryan on Wednesday asked for an investigation into how a sex offender who targeted incapacitated and bed-ridden women became a resident in a Buffalo nursing home upon his release from prison.
Thomas Moore, 62, of Queens was moved into Waterfront Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in late November. In January, Moore was arrested and charged with felony sexual abuse for allegedly going into a woman’s room, pulling down her blankets and molesting her.
Ryan, D-Buffalo, said he wrote to the acting director of the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision to find out how the decision was made to locate Moore at Waterfront Center and whether the facility and its staff were properly notified of Moore’s status as a level 3 predicate sex offender.
After The News published a report Tuesday about Moore’s arrest, Waterfront issued a statement saying it was not aware of the nature of Moore’s crimes until after he was admitted. The Buffalo Police Department informed the center's management of Moore’s level 3 status in mid-December, according to the statement.
The incident that led to Moore’s arrest allegedly occurred in early January.
“Why in the world was he allowed to be moved to a nursing home, where there is a high population of elderly women who are bedridden and disabled?" Ryan asked in his letter to Anthony J. Annucci, acting director of the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. "If I was making a list of potential locations where Mr. Moore could be located, nursing homes would be crossed off the list immediately.”
Before his release, Moore was held in the Fishkill Corrections Facility, which has a medical unit. Moore is a double-amputee and suffers from several severe chronic medical conditions. According to published reports, he was homeless at the time of his previous arrest in New York City in 2001.
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