The Indy Star reported that Austin Gough, a Kindred nursing home employee, has admitted battering a resident at the facility, Hancock Circuit Court records state.  Gough pleaded guilty March 2 to felony battery against a disabled person. Hancock Commissioner Scott Sirk sentenced him to only one year of home detention, followed by 545 days of sex offender probation, which is a more strict version of probation. Gough is not required to register as a sex offender.

In return for Gough’s guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to dismiss six other felony charges — three counts of sexual battery and three counts of attempted sexual battery — that were pending against him.

Two residents of Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation in Greenfield sobbed last year as they told police that, in separate incidents, Gough had exposed his genitals and asked them to touch him, according to court records. According to the records, the other woman told police Gough was “doing things, with his hands, to her that he shouldn’t have been doing.” She described them as “bad things … sexual things.”  He rubbed himself on one woman’s face — even as she told him “no,” the records state.

A third resident, a man diagnosed with dementia and mental illness, told police that he and Gough had touched each other. The man said Gough was his boyfriend, court records state.


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