On July 20, 2016, a former resident of an Oklahoma nursing home filed a lawsuit against the nursing home seeking monetary damages for sexual assault that she suffered at the hands of its former employee. The plaintiff is one of four nursing home residents who were allegedly sexually assaulted by the defendant nursing home’s employee.
The plaintiff’s nursing home sexual abuse lawsuit alleges that she was sexually abused between December 24, 2015 and January 13, 2016, and that the Oklahoma nursing home negligently failed to provide her with a safe environment. The lawsuit alleges counts for negligence, assault, and battery, and it seeks punitive damages as well as compensatory damages in excess of $75,000.
The defendant nursing home first contacted the police in January 2016 after becoming aware of allegations involving sexual abuse of its residents by one of its employees. The 55-year-old former employee of the defendant Oklahoma nursing home has pending criminal charges against him alleging that he performed illicit sexual acts against four female nursing home residents, all of whom were over 50, that occurred in June 2015, December 2015, and in January 2016, according to reports.
The original criminal charges were filed on February 24, 2016 and involved two nursing home residents (the man was originally arrested on charges of rape by instrumentation and sexual battery), after which he was released after posting bond. The man was arrested again on March 3, 2016, after two additional charges for second-degree rape were added to his pending charges. He has remained jailed since March 3, 2016, after failing to post a $225,000 bond. A status conference involving the man’s criminal charges is scheduled for August 2, 2016.
The defendant Oklahoma nursing home claims that it properly vetted its former employee before he was hired and that its pre-employment investigation failed to find any disqualifying information. The plaintiff, nonetheless, alleges that the defendant nursing home knew or should have known that the man allegedly had a history of assault, abuse, or neglect.
Is Sexual Abuse Of Nursing Home Residents A Growing Problem?
On July 21, 2016, a former CNA at a New York nursing home reportedly pleaded guilty to an 11-count indictment that charged that the CNA had committed violent sexual abuse, had committed public lewdness, and willfully violated public health law on several dates in April 2016. The CNA allegedly placed a nursing home resident in her bathroom after which he forcibly touched the breasts of another while exposing his genitals, which was observed by another CNA who had responded to the resident activating the call button in her bathroom. The CNA is scheduled to be sentenced on September 15, 2016.
If you or a loved one suffered injuries (or worse) while a resident of a nursing home in Oklahoma, while a resident of a nursing home in New York, or while a resident of a nursing home elsewhere in the United States due to neglect, negligence, or abuse, you should promptly contact a local nursing home claim lawyer in your U.S. state who may investigate your nursing home claim for you and file a nursing home claim on your behalf, if appropriate.
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