The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that a female nursing home resident in St. Paul was repeatedly sexually assaulted by the nursing home’s employee. The abuse occurred over several months. According to the report, the employee at the Highland Chateau Health Care Center forced the resident to perform oral sex and fondled her breasts. The report states: “When interviewed, the accused staffer also was confronted about allegations of neglect and physical abuse at other care facilities where he had worked. In one previous case, the staffer failed to cooperate with an investigation of ‘sexually inappropriate’ behavior.” According to the report, the Minnesota Department of Health had been informed previously of misconduct allegations agaisnt the employee, but chose not to investigate.
There is no excuse for sexual abuse by care staff in care facilities. Despite the earlier warnings and the ongoing abuse, the Minnesota Department of Health in this investigation, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune report, did not hold the Highland Chateau Health Care Center responsible. This begs the question – who’s paying attention? The Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm has vigorously represented care facility residents who have been sexually victimized by the facilities’ employees. If you or a loved one have been sexually abused in a care facility, contact the Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm today online or toll-free at (877) 552-2873 for a free consultation.