An 84-year-old convicted Iowa sexual predator currently housed at the Civil Commitment Unit for Sexual Offenders (CCUSO) in Cherokee remains in custody here because the nursing home he'd planned to move into has rejected him.
A jury last month decided - against the state's arguments - that Carlton Ward, formerly of Fairfield, is likely too old to reoffend, and a Jefferson County District Court ordered him discharged from the Iowa Department of Human Services CCUSO facility on the Cherokee Mental Health Institute Campus.
However, the nursing home involved that previously consented to taking in Ward, changed its mind and no longer wishes to accept a "high-risk offender," according to Roger Munns, a DHS spokseman.
It's now uncertain where Ward, convicted of sexually molesting five boys, will end up. A judge had given the state an extra week to hold Ward.
"It's up to his family and attorneys to find a suitable placement for him," explained Munns.