2 sex offenders live at Daytona nursing home being investigated By Lyda Longa News-JournalOnline.com July 28, 2014 3:36 PM
DAYTONA BEACH Local and state investigators want to question two registered sex offenders who are living in a health care facility where a 75-year-old woman may have been sexually assaulted, police Chief Mike Chitwood said.
The chief said he just learned that the two men John Arthur Lee, 58, and Isaac Rudolph Battles, 56 are living at the Daytona Beach Health and Rehabilitation Center on Third Street. Both men are registered with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and list the center as their home address.
An investigation into the facility was initiated earlier this month after the woman, who has Alzheimers and dementia, was taken to Halifax Health Medical Center on July 3 after complaining to her daughter that she was pregnant and experiencing pain in her pelvic region. Doctors at Halifax found no sign of a pregnancy, but they did determine that the septuagenarian had a sexually transmitted disease, the chief said.
We are investigating this with the State Attorneys Office and other agencies, Chitwood said Monday.
Also involved in the query are the Florida Agency of Health Care Administration and the states Department of Children & Families.
Shelisha Coleman, a spokeswoman with AHCA, said Monday that its not against the law for sex offenders to live in a health care facility or nursing home, and it is not the facilitys responsibility to notify prospective residents that sex offenders live among them.
They are however required to provide proper supervision (of the sex offenders) to ensure that their other residents are safe, Coleman said.
But the health care facility has not been the most forthcoming about its records or its patients.
We are still trying to get a list of all their residents, the chief said.
For more than two weeks, police tried to have interviews with staff and patients as well as obtain copies of records from the nursing home where the woman has been a patient for four years. Center officials balked and police filed a complaint with AHCA, Chitwood said. The chief said he spoke with Eric Miller, the Inspector General for AHCA and was given the go-ahead to take his detectives to the facility, get what they needed for their investigation and record the entire process. An attorney for the centers parent company, Northport Health Services, told police investigators that they could have the records if they subpoenaed them.