August 9th, 2010
A Kentucky nursing home and the home’s administrator face criminal charges for failure to report the sexual nursing home abuse of one of the home’s residents. The administrator of Hazard Nursing Home of Kentucky was made aware of the sexual of a resident and did not report the abuse to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.
Once the cabinet learned of the sexual abuse allegations an investigation took place leading to the issuing of a Type A citation to the home, saying that a resident’s life or safety has been endangered because of violations of state regulations. This then lead to the Attorney General’s office conducting a criminal investigation.
“The facility failed to protect residents from unwanted sexual contact, failed to report the allegations to appropriate state agencies and failed to thoroughly investigate the allegations of sexual abuse,” said the state’s citation.
A deposition revealed that the same resident had been additionally sexually abused on another occasion within view of a nursing supervisor and staff members.
“It is my hope that today’s charges send a message to nursing home operators and administrators that they have an obligation to notify authorities if a resident is abused while in their care,” said Attorney General Jack Conway.