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April 25, 2013

An elderly Clearwater, Florida man was arrested this morning for sexual nursing home abuse after allegedly sexually assaulting a nursing home resident who is recovering from a severe stroke.

According to the police report, Vincent Paoella, 70, was arrested and booked into the Pinellas County Jail this morning after being accused of sexual assault, that reportedly happened last October.

Paoella is a resident of the East Bay Rehabilitation Center, along with the elderly female victim, whose name has not been released. A certified nursing assistant (CNA) who was on duty on Oct. 24, 2012, saw Paoella go into the victim’s at around 6 p.m. The CNA immediately notified two other staff members and both went into the victim’s room to see what was going on. They found Paoella sexually molesting the victim. According to documents, Paoella appeared stunned when confronted, and ran into a dresser in an attempt to get away.

The victim has suffered several strokes and cannot communicate. According to police, this makes her unable to give consent to any sort of sexual activity.

During investigations following the incident, Paoella admitted that he didn’t understand why he did what he did, but he knows that it was wrong. He remains in jail on a $50,000 bond.

Keep in mind that if you or a loved one have been victim to nursing home abuse, an experienced nursing home abuse lawyer may be able to assist you. At McIver Brown law firm, our leading nursing home abuse lawyers in Tampa have helped numerous clients seek the justice and compensation that they deserve. Give us a call today for a free consultation.


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