May 13, 2013
Three elderly residents of a Columbus, Georgia nursing home have reported nursing home abuse to police last week after complaining of sexual assault.
According to police reports, Columbus police detectives are now investigating the allegations that reportedly happened at the River Town nursing home on Warm Springs Road. Per three female victims, two of the male residents attacked them on two different occasions.
The victims, whose names have not been released, are ages 53, 54, and 75. All three victims live in a wing of the nursing home that cannot be accessed by the public, and they have no way to even call family members if an emergency arises.
Shortly after the allegations, the River Town Administration made a statement:
“Late last week, management of River Towne was made aware of an allegation made by a female resident of sexual assault by a male resident. We take any allegation very seriously and immediately contacted the local police department and the State Department of Health. In addition, we immediately launched our own internal investigation. The police conducted an investigation and no charges were filed. The resident who was accused of the alleged assault is no longer a resident of this center.
“In the course of our own internal investigation and interviews with residents, two additional allegations were shared regarding alleged sexual touching by one male resident to two separate residents. The allegations were reported to the police as well as the State Department of Health and we are cooperating fully. We believe that these will be found to be unsubstantiated allegations and expect the police to concur when their investigation is complete,” an administrator from River Town said.
However, the investigation is still ongoing, and if infractions are found, the nursing home may be liable for damages, regardless if they believe the allegations are substantial or not.
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