WSPA and the Spartanburg Herald had articles on the recent investigation into the serious allegations of sexual assault at Ellen Sager nursing home in Union, S.C. Ellen Sager has had a history of problems. The victim’s daughter accuses a nursing home employee of sexually assaulting her mother by exposing himself and making the woman touch his genitals. The 28 year old suspect entered the patient’s room, drew the privacy curtain, and then exposed himself. The woman said the man then had her mother touch his penis while he rocked back and forth.
The woman doesn’t want to be identified for fear of revealing her mother’s identity. An investigation has been launched. The Union County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the matter and has asked the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division to assist with the investigation, Union County Sheriff David Taylor said. SLED was asked to aid in the investigation to avoid a conflict of interest because the nursing home receives partial funding from Union County, Taylor explained.
Ellen Sagar Nursing Home — part of the Union Hospital District — has more than 100 long-term care beds and offers nursing home care, along with physical, speech and occupational therapy, according to Wallace Thomson Hospital’s website. The hospital and nursing home share the same board of trustees, according to the website.
Sexual exploitation is listed as the offense on the incident report, which contains little information about the alleged crime. Information about the victim, complainant and suspect was redacted from a copy of the report provided to the Herald-Journal.