GOWRIE, Iowa (AP) -

A 79-year-old registered Iowa sex offender regularly is in the audience when schoolchildren entertain at his nursing home in Gowrie.

The Des Moines Register reports that John Steinkamp can't live within 2,000 feet of an Iowa school, but he's been able to attend the shows and visit with the kids.

Steinkamp has been convicted three times for lascivious acts with children. In the past two years, he has lived at the Pomeroy Care Center and the Gowrie Care Center, both of which are routinely visited by students.

Superintendent Mark Egli says his Gowrie district wasn't told Steinkamp was at the home.

Egli says five school employees accompanied the 38 children on a visit three weeks ago. He says the children didn't leave the front room or mingle with residents.