It is something that would shock most people in Albany, but a 64-year-old maintenance worker at a Colonie nursing home has been arrested for allegedly sexually abusing a 91-year-old resident. What makes the crime even worse is that the man has a history of sexual abuse, serving 16 years in prison for sodomy, first-degree rape and sexual abuse. Investigating police are also trying to determine if the nursing home was following state law by having the level-three sex offender on staff.
No one should ever have to face sexual abuse, regardless of age, health or ability, but it is particularly heinous when a vulnerable adult is taken advantage of in such a manner. This kind of behavior immediately raises questions about the safety and well-being of nursing home residents. It was already a difficult decision for family members of nursing home residents to put their loved ones in facilities where they could receive the attention and medical care that they need, but reports of sexual abuse are likely to cause concern.
When these kinds of incidents do happen, however, a nursing home abuse lawyer can help to hold the nursing home and individuals responsible while getting compensation for the victims of sexual abuse. Under New York law, both public and private nursing homes must conduct background checks on anyone applying for a position with a nursing home, and a criminal record and sex offender status would have been easily discoverable.
Fortunately, police do not believe there are any further victims. Reports indicate that the 64 year old was turned in after another staff member saw him place his hand under the resident's shirt and rub her chest. The nursing home's owner also released a statement saying that the maintenance worker was immediately fired.
Source: Your News Now, "Level three sex offender accused of sexually abusing 91-year-old woman at nursing home," Matt Hunter, Jan. 3, 2013
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