New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan is calling for an investigation into why a convicted sex offender was released from a state prison and sent to a Buffalo nursing home.
Ryan is demanding answers from the New York Department of Corrections about why Thomas Moore was relocated in January to the Waterfront Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center on 7th street home after serving more than 20 years in prison.
Moore is disabled and has no family, so the state was tasked with finding a place for him to live after release. Less than a month later, he was arrested for sexually abusing a resident.
Moore has a history of sexually abusing older women who are bedridden or disabled.
Assemblyman Ryan said, "This incident is baffling and unacceptable. Given his history of prior convictions, why in the world was Mr. Moore allowed to be moved to a nursing home, where there is a high population of elderly women who are bedridden and disabled? We need to know the full decision making process that led to Mr. Moore being located at the Waterfront Center. The residents at this facility are my constituents, and I want to figure out what happened to ensure another incident like this never happens again.”
The administrator for the Waterfront Center said they weren’t informed about Moore’s past and only became aware after the Buffalo Police Department visited the facility.