January 11, 2013
A Riverside, California man has been charged with nursing home abuse after allegedly sexually assaulting a disabled resident at the nursing home where he formerly worked.
According to prosecutors on the case, 28-year-old Daniel Moreno, a former maintenance man at Emeritus Senior Living in Yorba Linda, went into the the room of a resident of the nursing home last summer and sexually abused her. The resident, whose name has not been released, is a 69-year-old dementia patient.
Moreno was arrested and charged with two sexual assault felonies. He was recently released on a $10,000 bond.
Meanwhile, investigators believe there are more victims. In a recent news announcement, City Service News stated that there is a possibility that more victims were abused by Moreno and public assistance is needed. California citizens are also concerned about the lack of background screening required for employees of California nursing homes. Since maintenance men have contact with nursing home residents, citizens feel that each potential employee should be screened with a criminal background check before being offered employment.
Although Moreno pled not guilty to his charges, he faces a pre-trial hearing on January 10. If he is convicted, he could face up to eight years in prison as well as the mandated lifetime sex offender registration. Additionally, the loved ones of the victim have the option of retaining legal representation from a California nursing home abuse attorney and file civil charges.