November 07, 2012
An aide at a local nursing home in Deephaven, Minnesota, has been accused of nursing home abuse after allegedly sexually assaulting a female resident on at least two occasions this year.
According to state investigations, a 43-year-old male, whose name has not been released, sexually abused a resident in March of this year, at the Lake Minnetonka Care Center while she was taking a shower. According to the victim, she felt used and distraught after the incident, which involved the aide touching her in inappropriate places.
The Minnesota Department of Health also stated that Soul Care LLC of Minneapolis; the contract agency that employed the assailant, did not suspend the aide from working after being notified. Earlier this year, Lake Minnetonka Care Center also took action against Soul Care LLC. According to Soul Care LLC’s manager, the company’s insurance paid the nursing home an undisclosed amount.
Meanwhile, the Deephaven Police are trying to put together a criminal case against the accused. However, according to Deephaven Police Chief Cory Johnson, criminal charges may be difficult:
“The guy has denied everything. Without a confession, it’s not going to go anywhere.”
However, lack of criminal charges cannot prevent the victim or the loved ones of the victim from hiring a nursing home abuse lawyer and filing a personal injury lawsuit if they choose to.
The names of both the aide and the victim have not been identified by the Health Department, but according to reports, the victim suffers from a personality disorder and schizophrenia.