March 20, 2013
A former Brownwood, Texas aide has been accused of sexual nursing home abuse after his DNA matched up with a sample from the alleged victim.
According to police reports, Christopher Lynn Cantrell, 45, worked at West Texas nursing home in Brownwood when in July 2012, he reportedly sexually attacked a resident, a 68-year-old women. The victim is a disabled woman with mobility issues. She uses a wheelchair to move around and needs help with dressing and bathing. The attacks, according to the victim, occurred several times. She was able to save a sample of Cantrell’s DNA in a napkin, which she turned over to local authorities.
Last Friday, he was arrested and booked at the Brownwood County jail for nursing home abuse and sexual assault on the elderly. He remains in jail on a $50,000 bond. As of last week, Cantrell had not retained a defense attorney.
Cantrell denies the accusations, stating he has never touched any nursing home residents in any way that would be considered inappropriate. Additionally, he previously gave authorities a sample of his DNA without incident. However, when he was informed via an affidavit last week that his DNA matched the samples given to police by the victim, he claimed the elderly woman initiated sexual contact with him.
Along with criminal charges, Cantrell may also face civil charges should the victim seek assistance from a Texas nursing home abuse lawyer and file for civil damages.
Since the incident, Cantrell has been suspended from his nursing home aide job.