An elderly sex offender from Marathon was removed from the Iowa Sex-Offender Registry on Tuesday so he can eventually end up in a nursing home, a development that “outraged” a former state senator whose last major proposal was to establish a geriatric sex-offender unit in Algona.
Buena Vista County District Court Judge David Lester ruled on Tuesday Edward _____, 83, satisfied the state’s requirements to be removed from the registry. He’s been out of prison for more than five years; a Department of Corrections director in Sioux City signed off on the removal; and a DOC-approved analysis showed _____is less than 2% likely to commit sex crimes again.
Lock’s attorney, Phil Mears of Iowa City, told The Storm Lake Times the reason his client sought removal was because of declining health. After a recent hospitalization, an area rehab clinic wouldn’t allow him to set foot on the premises because he was on the sex-offender registry. Mears added that at some point _____is will need nursing home care. Nursing homes are allowed to deny residential placement based on sex-offender status alone in Iowa.
“Imagine if someone has been discharged from prison and needs round-the-clock care,” Mears said in an interview on Wednesday. “What do we do? Drop them off at Salvation Army at 5 p.m. on a Friday afternoon?”
“Lock couldn’t be placed in Oakdale because he didn’t qualify,” Allen said. “Ten to 20 years down the road there are going to be a lot more people who can’t live in a nursing home because they’re a sex offender and can’t live in a state facility because there isn’t any room.”