April 1, 2013
A Florida sex offender was arrested recently after being accused of sexual nursing home abuse. According to police reports, he allegedly abused a quadriplegic patient.
68-year-old Bobby Lee Jones was arrested in March by the Pinellas County police after being accused of sexually abusing a patient at the Palm Harbor nursing home in Palm Harbor, Florida. Jones was also a resident at the facility.
Per the arrest report, in mid-March, Jones went to the victim’s bed, a man, where he was lying down, and began touching his thigh. He then proceeded to sexually abuse him against the victim’s protests. The victim, however, was unable to move, and Jones continued the abuse. Later, the incident was reported to nursing home administrators. The administrators called the authorities.
After investigations, Jones was arrested and admitted to the crimes. After further review, it was determined that Jones is a registered sex offender. In 2008, he was convicted with having sexual relations with a minor, and served six months in prison. Jones was supervised after his release, but the supervision ended last May. There have been no other accusations of abuse until now.
Palm Harbor nursing home is owned by Consulate Health Care. The company could face civil charges should the victim’s family retain a Florida nursing home abuse attorney and file for damages. At this time, neither the nursing home or Consulate Health Care has made a statement regarding the alleged nursing home abuse.
Meanwhile, Jones was arrested and held on a $20,00 bond at the Pinellas County Jail.