April 22, 2013
A Lexington, Kentucky man is under investigation after nursing home abuse complaints of sexual abuse against an elderly woman.
According to police, an 87-year-old female resident of Lexington’s Cambridge Place Nursing and Rehabilitation Care, filed a report of sexual assault in a nursing home earlier this month. Allegedly, one the nursing home employees, sexually assaulted her on April 12. Administrators at Cambridge Place promptly called 911 after the resident explained what happened.
The suspect, whose name has yet to be released, is still being investigated. No arrests have been made yet, but police confirmed that the case is still open.
The nursing home’s administrators released a statement shortly after, stating that they will take all precautions and do what is necessary to help their residents:
“Resident care and safety is our number one concern. We take these allegations very seriously. Upon learning of this allegation, we took immediate and appropriate action, and will continue to cooperate with the investigation. Due to resident confidentiality, we cannot comment further,” an administrator told Lex 18 News.
The state of Kentucky allows victims to file civil charges. Should the victim and/or her loved ones hire a nursing home abuse attorney, the suspect may be facing both criminal and civil charges.
Meanwhile, two crucial bills that could aid in the prevention of nursing home abuse were denied this month. House Bill 73, which mandates all potential nursing home employees must undergo a criminal background, was not passed by Senate. In addition, a bill that would create a list of workers who have been previously involved in nursing home abuse and neglect cases failed to pass again for the fourth year.