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A Peoria nursing home which housed 6 convicted sex offenders was fined by the Illinois Department of Public Health for failing to prevent and properly monitor the actions of one of them for inappropriate behaviors towards his fellow residents. The sex offender, 56 years old, had been admitted to the nursing home for treatment of conditions relating to a stroke and mental illness.

The actions that resulted in the fine included sexual assault of a 77 year old female resident by sticking his hand into her vaginal area as she sat in the dining room and trading a male rommate money and sodas for sexual favors.

Sex offenders create special dangers in the nursing home setting. Should a sex offender behave aggressively towards another resident, many nursing home residents may be unable to resist due to their physical infirmities. Further, embarassment, shame, and/or fear may cause them to not report the incident to staff, setting the stage for repeat offenses.

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