Sex Offenders Found Living In Local Elderly Care Facilities

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By David Goldstein

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — No one expects a sex offender to be living in a nursing home but that is what we uncovered — 100 sex offenders living in local facilities for the elderly.

“People put their family members in these places thinking they’re safe; hoping they’re safe and they’re not,” Elizabeth Perez said as she fought back tears speaking about what she says happened to 92-year-old Evelyn Gabrielse — a dementia patient living at the Valley Christian home in Hemet.

“She was just a very pretty lovely lady,” Perez said.

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Perez was a caretaker when she walked into Evelyn’s room in April of 2009 and saw her sitting in her wheelchair with a male resident standing over her.

“He had his penis in her hand and he was going to put it in her mouth,” Perez said.

He is Frank Battista, a registered sex offender, convicted of exposing himself to his granddaughter. Battista was living in the very facility trusted to take care of Evelyn.

“Did you ever think a registered sex offender would be living in an assisted living facility?” I asked Evelyn’s brother Ron.

“Oh my goodness, no. I was shocked to learn that… I think it’s terrible that he was even there.”

But he is not the only one. We found more than 100 registered sex offenders living in nursing homes in Southern California, all there legally because there is no law against it.

» Find out if a registered sex offender is living in a facility with one of your loved ones.

“It really upsets me. Still makes me angry,” Ron said.

He thought he was doing the right thing for his sister Evelyn when he put her in Valley Christian nine years ago.

“Being a Christian home we felt very comfortable with the idea… She took care of me when I was a baby. She was 20-years older. So she took care of me and I had the chance to take care of her.”

He would take her to church every week. He said he saw Battista in the facility and thought he was just another helpful resident.

“He’d come and serve coffee and was nice to everyone and I guess people thought he was pretty nice and that is how he wormed his way in.”

In the last few years he says Evelyn’s health started to deteriorate. She had dementia. And that is when he believes his sister became vulnerable.

“She was a very upstanding moral person and she just never would have allowed that to happen.”

Ron said his sister never mentioned what allegedly happened, but he could see a change.

“I think she knew something happened that shouldn’t have.”

One month later Evelyn died.

According to the investigative report obtained by CBS2 News the administrator said he found out Battista was a registered sex offender about two years ago, but told investigators he was not concerned about residents’ safety because of the nature of his sex crimes — dealing with a child and not an adult.

“To know his history — why did they let him live there with other women?”

Perez says she reported it to regulators because the facility didn’t. Valley Christian was eventually cited for failing to report the incident and this January Battista was charged with a felony, indecent exposure with a prior sex offense.

But he still lives at Valley Christian.

We knocked on his door, but he wouldn’t come out to talk. But told me on the phone the charges were false.

He is just one of 100 sex offenders we found on California’s Megan’s Law website,who are registered at addresses of nursing homes and elderly care facilities in L.A., Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside and Ventura Counties.

“When you put the predators in with the prey someone’s going to get bit,” said Wes Bledsoe, founder of A Perfect Cause, an organization dedicated to uncovering sex offenders in nursing homes.

“We have documented many cases of murder, rape, sexual assault, physical assault committed against the residents. Male as well as female residents,” Bledsoe said.

“I just hope he, pause, spends the rest of his life in jail,” said Evelyn’s brother, Ron, as he continues to look for justice.

Perez hopes that what she witnessed won’t happen to others.

“You go to these retirement homes to live your last days happy and for something like that to happen, it’s just not fair. It’s not right,” Perez said.

» INTERACTIVE MAP: Elderly Care Facilities With Sex Offenders

Location information for registered sex offenders was obtained from the California Megan’s Law sex offender locator site and is current as of February 21, 2011.  The locations were then crossed with addresses of nursing homes and elderly care facilities to come up with the information contained on the map.

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  • notlovinLA

    Sick. Absolutely sick. My stomach actually turned when I read what that monster Battista did to that poor woman. Who knows who else he has victimized, as well as these other monsters? I hope something can be done. This is a sick situation.

  • JusticeSeeker

    I hope someone will prosecute and convict the administrator of this facility for allowing this horrific incident to happen. There is no way I would place an elderly loved one in a facility unless I was certain they would be safe and secure, and this place didn’t have those safeguards in place. The idea that this is a Christian facility implies that it is being run by a Christian administrator, so I hope justice is done. I’d like to see a complete investigation of the person in charge of this facility!

  • CarmaDogma

    I am sure the registered sex offenders who live in these facilities would also like to choke Mr. Battista to his death too. Because of his alleged actions, David Goldstein came knocking and the next move is legislation getting them kicked to the curb. Nice report, Maybe you should put cross hairs on the map like Sarah Palin did. In our next report: predatory journalists – there could be one with a bad comb-over lurking in your neighborhood.

    • JusticeSeeker

      Battista is being indicted on a felony charge. He conveniently missed his first court date due to a sudden “stroke” the day before he was due to face the judge. This is public information. Beyond what Battista did, the Administrator of this facility needs more than a slap on the wrist for his part in aiding and covering up this predatory individual. Here’s hoping our community NEVER turns down the heat on these sick people!

  • JackofallTrades

    I live in this city where this offender resides. There is a charter school right behind the facility. I am sending this info. on! CREEPY!!

  • please be aware!!!!

    please castrate him and end everyone’s misery….Nursing homes need to refrain from hiring male CNA or LVN…who take care of women…it is inappropriate..and…often times lead to sexual molestation and abuse…it is not to say that all males are sexual offenders…but the temptation is there and many residents are very vulnerable…many residents are afraid to report these things….so please.. if u care about ur parents in nursing homes…be especially aware…

  • Cindy

    Why does this come to such a surprise to everyone? IHSS “In Home Supportive Services” is known for hiring convicted felons. please excuse my to the point/ sarcasm but, its a fact. When a convicted felon is released from prison and placed on parole they are given a piece of paper with names and addresses of places that will hire them as a convicted felon. then in turn, these places get a break in there taxes or some kind of bonus for every one of their employees that have a felony on there record. its a big circle, every one gets paid. I say vote for Donald Trump next time couldn’t hurt. at this point we have nothing to loose.

    • Cindy

      In Re-reading this story sounds to me like this Elderly Care facility needs to hire more CNA,s around the clock safety. more nurses. maybe afew more english speaking employees who can understand if the resident/patient is complaining about something. I understand the seriousness of this Battisa guy doing what he did but, everyone gets old. Including the Battisa guy,(they never did say his age)(or why he lives there)is it that the California Department of Corrections has no where to put these people so they are sticking them everywhere and anywhere or is this guy old and needs to be taken care of as well? Not to sound rude or uncareing but, since the story is out, Why is the old women the only victim here who apparently wasn’t aware of whats going on? maybe he too (Battisa) didn’t know. maybe he has dimentia. oncee again, sounds like a cover up somewhere. The nursing home? the caregivers?lack of attention by the family members?CDCR Cali fornia Department of Corrections? I hate to say this but, HOAX!!

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