July 9, 2013
Last week, a New York man was charged with sexual assault against an Albany, New York nursing home resident in a severe case of sexual nursing home abuse that happened the month prior.
According to reports, 64-year-old Richard Ragone assaulted the victim, a resident of the Loudonville Home for Adults, on November 30, when he touched her in an inappropriate manner while doing maintenance in her room. Ragone worked as a handyman for the nursing home, and initially went to the victim’s room in order to change her lightbulb. He was immediately fired when nursing home officials heard about the accusations.
This isn’t the first time Ragone has been charged with sexual abuse. He is a Level 3 sex offender, and have spent over 16 years in prison for a previous sexual crime. When confronted with the allegations, Ragone admitted to the abuse. He was arrested and has been charged with a misdemeanor sexual charge and a felony charge of endangering the welfare of the elderly.
The investigation is ongoing and police are still asking for any tips or clues in the criminal case. However, Ragone may also face civil charges should the victim or the victim’s family retain a nursing home abuse attorney and file for damages.
Ragone’s previous convictions consist of sodomy, attempted sexual abuse, and first degree rape. The nursing home didn’t specify whether Ragone was given a criminal background check before being hired. He remains in jail on a $25,000 bond.