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Assemblyman Ryan Seeking Investigation into NYS DOC

Ryan wants answers after sex offender abused resident at Waterfront Center

March 22, 2017 - 1:58 pm
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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Assemblyman Sean Ryan is asking for a thorough investigation from the New York State Department of Corrections after the January arrest of Thomas Moore for sexually abusing a resident at the Waterfront Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Buffalo.

Moore is a disabled man and also a level 3 sex offender with a history of sexually abusing women over the age of 50 who are bedridden or disabled. He served over 20 years in prison including a stay at the Fishkill Correctional Facility. After his release from prison, New York State was responsible for finding a place for Moore to live. 

Ryan is asking for a full investigation and timeline of events to determine how Moore ended up at the Waterfront nursing home, which houses elderly women who are bedridden or disabled. He's also asking for clarification on whether or not proper notification protocols were followed.

The Waterfront Center was not informed about Moore's history of crimes by New York State and only received notification when the Buffalo Police Department visited their facility.

The assemblyman sent the following letter to the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision:

"Dear Acting Director Annucci:

I write today regarding an incident which recently occurred in my district in Buffalo, involving a convicted level 3 sex offender who was placed in a nursing home following his release from prison. Thomas Moore served more than 20 years in prison, most recently at the Fishkill Correctional Facility. Mr. Moore is disabled, and has no family, and the state was tasked with finding him a place to live following his release. He was kept at Fishkill for three additional months, while the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) found a facility who would accept him upon his release. Eventually, Mr. Moore was moved to the Waterfront Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Buffalo. In January 2017, less than a month after Mr. Moore was moved to the Waterfront Center, he was arrested for sexually abusing a resident. I am asking for a full investigation and timeline of events to determine how Mr. Moore ended up at the Waterfront Center.

This incident is troubling for a number of reasons. Mr. Moore is a level 3 sex offender, and he has a history of sexually abusing women over the age of 50 who are bedridden or disabled. 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? If I was making a list of potential locations where Mr. Moore could be located, nursing homes would be crossed off the list immediately. I want to know how the decision was made to locate Mr. Moore at the Waterfront Center. I would also like clarification on whether or not proper notification protocols were followed. A spokesperson for DOCCS stated to the media that proper notification was made to the Waterfront Center regarding Mr. Moore’s status as a level 3 sex offender, and his history of crimes. The administrator for the Waterfront Center has stated that they were not informed about Mr. Moore’s history of crimes by the state, and only received notification when the Buffalo Police Department visited their facility. I would like you to provide information regarding notifications that were made, and regarding the decision making process which lead to Mr. Moore being located at the Waterfront Center.

This is a very troubling situation, and I would like to get to the bottom of what happened, to ensure another incident like this never happens again. I look forward to your response.

Sincerely,        

Sean M. Ryan                         
Member of Assembly"

Despite Moore's arrest in January, Ryan explained to WBEN his decision to pursue an investigation now because of the new developments and discrepancies in conversations with the Waterfront facility and the state.
 

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