Alleged Predator Stayed on Nursing Home Staff For Years Despite Complaints

In a cinderblock nursing home, cradled in the Blue Ridge Mountains surrounding the twin cities of Bristol, Tenn., and Bristol, Va., workers say a predator stalked the elderly in its halls.

They say that for nearly a decade, he fondled, groped and may have even sodomized patients—some of whom couldn't walk, speak or see.

Affidavits, an investigator's memo and other documents identify the man as a nurses' aide. But despite repeated complaints from fellow employees, managers at the facility allowed him to stay on the job.

The aide's co-workers were bewildered by what they describe as management's lackadaisical attitude toward their allegations. Many left in disgust. Wright only resigned in 2007, several months after a police investigation of the home. For more, read this story.

This situation is a terrible tragedy for the victims and families of the victims. When someone makes the difficult decision to place a loved one in a nursing home or assisted living facility, they should be able to trust that the persons entrusted with their care will not intentionally abuse them. Many residents are not capable of reporting abuse but still would be traumatized by it. It is important to investigate any and all signs of abuse and neglect.

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Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia. 

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