Charleston’s Counton2 reported that an employee at Twin Oaks Assisted Living Facility in North Charleston was arrested on sexual assault charges.  Nathaniel J. Richardson would sneak into the 80-year old female victim’s room and sexually assault her in various ways that included lifting her shirt and biting her chest. Court papers say there is photographic evidence from bite wounds.

State Law Enforcement background check shows he has a criminal record going back years.  It includes arrests for threatening the life of a public official, resisting arrest, criminal domestic violence and armed robbery. The background check showed he received a 5-year sentence at Lieber Prison for that conviction.

 

Norman Spence Daniels has been charged with first degree sexual abuse. The incident involves Daniels and another resident at the Elba Nursing and Rehabilitation Center where he lives. The nursing home and the incident are being investigated by the Elba Police Dept., 12th Judicial Court District Attorney’s Office, and the Alabama Dept. of Forensic Sciences. Further charges could be pending.  See article at the Elba Clipper.

A Certified Nursing Assistant, CNA, at the Ann Pearl Nursing Facility in Kaneohe,HI was arrested for three counts of sexual assault. He allegedly attacked a 78 year old woman in May. The 25 year old’s bail has been set at $25,000.  See article at The Star Advertiser.

The Orchard House Nursing Home in Belfast recently reported an alleged assault to the police. The sexual assault has been neither confirmed or denied, but police are conducting an investigation, and the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) has been notified. Authorities said there have been a string of break ins in the area and the home has an open door policy. They say that if an incident did occur, it’s likely that an intruder got into the home. The home has a good reputation in the area. Authorities are still investigating, and have not definitively concluded whether an incident even occurred. Regardless, the home has stepped up security and is reviewing their open door policy.
See article at BBC.

WISTV reported on another tragic case of neglect here in South Carolina. David Christmas lost his mother six months ago. He had spent years caring for her at his home before trusting Kingstree Nursing Facility to take care of her.   But they did not take care of her.  Instead, his mother ended up in a hospital bed with a broken hip with bruises from head to toe.   “My mother was placed on May the 7th of 2012,” said Christmas, “and on Oct. 17th of 2012, she was dead.”  Kingstree police investigated the assault to figure out what happened. Christmas says his mother told him she was attacked. All she could tell him was it was by two women.

The nursing home refuses to tell the family what happened.  And DHEC won’t substantiate anything.  WISTV attempted to review DHEC records.  “We went to DHEC to see if we could look at some inspection records. We signed in and were directed to the agency’s Freedom of Information Office where staffers asked us to file a formal request for some specific records
DHEC doesn’t post the records online.”

 

WISH TV reported the family of a nursing home resident has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the nursing home after the home failed to show any remorse for the neglect sufered by their loved one.  The lawsuit alleges that Health & Hospital Corporation (HHC) of Marion County and American Senior Communities, LLC (ASC) were negligent in causing the death of Betty Riley.

Riley died from an assault that caused subdural and subarachnoid hematomas.  During the assault, Riley fell causing blunt force trauma to her head.  Family members said they’ve tried to talk to the nursing home to find out from administrators what happened, but leaders there refused to talk with them.

“No sympathy whatsoever towards the family or anything,” said Riley. “That’s what really grabbed us as being pretty difficult to handle. They didn’t want to act like they did anything, but yet, they didn’t want to say sorry or anything.”

“If they would have offered to pay the bills, like [my lawyer] said, she had about $30,000 in hospital bills,” Mark Riley, Betty’s son, said Tuesday. “If they would have shown some kind of consideration towards what happened to my mother that would have made everything a lot better.”

 

 

The Kansas City Star reported that Brian D. Schmidt, a Merriam nursing facility employee, has been charged with sexually assaulting a resident.  He was charged with one felony count of aggravated sexual battery for an alleged incident involving a 46-year-old woman.

The incident occurred Nov. 11 at the Trinity Nursing & Rehab Center. According to court documents, the victim was “overcome by force or fear or was physically powerless” to resist the alleged sexual touching.

 

The Times Union reported that Michael Levine, the owner of the Loudonville Home for Adults, is denying that he knew that Richard Ragone was a convicted rapist before he hired him as a maintenance man.  Ragone has been arrested for sexually abusing a 91-year-old woman at the home.

Richard Ragone was a Level 3 sex offender who spent more than 16 years in prison for rape and sodomy.  He was hired by the home in 2008 — the same year he came off parole–despite the fact that Levine admits that the home conducts criminal background checks.

In 1984, Ragone was convicted of first-degree rape, sodomy and attempted sexual abuse and sentenced to 12½ to 25 years in prison for victimizing a 43-year-old woman in Saratoga County.

 

ABC7 in L.A. had a disturbing story about an elderly woman who was sexually attacked at a Emeritus Senior Living nursing home.  Now investigators say there could be more victims. David Moreno was an employee at Emeritus Senior Living who has been charged with sexually assaulting a 69-year-old disabled woman.  Police were able to get physical evidence from the scene that linked them to the suspect.

 

In a report by Ashley Michelle Williams of the WBAL Radio Station in Baltimore, Maryland, Tarslia Jackson was found guilty of assault.   Jackson abused an elderly female resident living at the Northwest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Baltimore. Back in August, while Jackson was a nursing home employee, she pushed and slapped the 71-year-old lady when the pair had a “verbal disagreement.”   Another employee witnessed the incident and reported it to the appropriate authorities.

Jackson was put under supervised probation for one year and not allowed to work with or around “vulnerable adults.”  She was also sentenced to pay her court costs, and the Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund has received a contribution of $35 from her.