Nursing home administration fined in sexual assault matter
Posted on behalf of Michael D'Amico of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Nov 07, 2013 in Nursing Home Neglect
People in Connecticut may have heard about a sexual assault incident that occurred at a nursing home in Iowa. The nursing home was apparently housing two convicted sex offenders, but the administrator of the home had allegedly threatened any employees who told anyone about the history of the two men living there that they would lose their jobs.
One of the men apparently ended up sexually assaulting a resident of the home. A young girl who was visiting at the time allegedly witnessed the assault. She stated that the man had been touching a protesting woman. The woman died more than a year later, and her surviving family members are seeking restitution for the assault that she suffered at the facility. Her family members allege that the nursing home failed to protect their loved one from sexual assault by knowingly having a sexual offender live in the residence and not properly monitoring him.
The man who allegedly assaulted the woman has been removed from the nursing home. Although the state says that it doesn't plan on pursuing charges against the man, it does plan on readmitting him to the state's sex offender unit where he previously resided following his sex crime convictions. The nursing home where the incident occurred was fined $10,000, and the woman who was the overseer of the home at the time was issued a $500 fine.
People who feel that their loved ones were subjected to nursing home neglect or abuse might be able to file lawsuits against the homes where such incidents took place. Settlements from abuse claims may allow families to place their loved ones in facilities that will provide proper care and protection.
Source: USA Today, "Nursing home chief fined in sex assault case", Clark Kauffman, October 30, 2013