Neighbors Say Hope Cooperative Breaks Sex Offender Policy

PLATTSMOUTH - Administrators of Hope Cooperative Care at Plattsmouth say policies against sex and violent offenders remain , despite complaints of a 25-year-old with a mental disability that is included on the state sex offender registry. Three neighbors to the north Fifth Street facility appeared at the Plattsmouth City Council meeting in October saying they do not feel their neighborhood is safe because of the man. The state registry shows 22 registered sex offenders within a two-mile radius of the care center, including the 25-year-old who was convicted of a crime against a minor in Sarpy County in 2016. Administrator Paula Mallory said Hope Cooperative Care opened this summer with the mission of providing an assisted living facility that specializes in people dealing with mental health issues. She said center founder Dave Campbell made the decision to admit the 25-year-old because of the non-violent and consensual nature of the crime, and because of his diagnosis of a developmental disability. Mallory said she is confident that most neighbors will feel at ease with the facility and its residents, if they come and visit. An open house is being scheduled after the first of the year as remodeling is completed. David and Christine Blankman told the city council that they were assured that sex offenders would not be admitted. Blankman said she is thinking of moving away, out of safety concerns. The minutes of the city council meeting say Blankman reported that she was assured that “sexual predators” would not be allowed. Neighbor Jason Rumbaugh complained that police and EMS have been called to the care facility. Police Cpt. Ryan Crick said the care facility is not a drain on city resources from the law enforcement perspective. He said there have been some calls to the facility, but no more than one would typically expect from an apartment building where many people live. He said communication between the care facility and neighbors could improve. Facility residents are typically referred by hospitals and Region 6 behavioral healthcare.