Assisted Living Worker Convicted of Torturing Four Residents, Killing One

A former employee of an assisted-living facility was convicted of torture and multiple counts of elder abuse following the death of an 80-year-old resident in 2007 and the abuse of three other residents. Jurors deliberated less than a day before finding the 21-year-old man guilty of torture and seven counts of elder abuse.

This situation was reported in our news blog on March 31, 2010, as the man's criminal trial began. 

"This was an horrendous case of elder abuse," said the prosecutor following the verdict. "He attacked the most vulnerable people, and he laughed while doing it. This was sport for him."

The man was arrested Oct. 2, 2008 following an 11-month investigation by the local sheriff's department after an anonymous whistle-blower from the assisted living center called the widow of an 80-year-old resident who had died Nov. 6, 2007. An investigation revealed the retired engineer had been abused for months prior to his death.

The convicted man was employed as a caregiver between February and November 2007 at the facility that specializes in caring for Alzheimer's and other memory-impaired patients. All of the victims, including three men and one woman, suffered from dementia and were unable to speak or report the abuse. For more, please read the story.

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

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