Convicted Felon Working as Maintenance Man Arrested for Sexual Assault on Elderly Woman

A maintenance man employed at an assisted living facility was arrested on sexual assault charges recently. Police allege that the 45- year old employee would sneak into an 80-year old female victim's room and sexually assault her in various ways that included lifting her shirt and biting her chest. Police state that they have photos of bite wounds.

A background check done by local media found that the employee had a criminal record, including arrests for threatening the life of a public official, resisting arrest, criminal domestic violence and armed robbery. He apparently received a 5-year prison sentence for the armed robbery. As a maintenance worker the man was allowed under state law to work inside such a facility.

An advocate from the non-profit Protection Advocacy for People with Disabilities says there is not enough being done to protect vulnerable residents. "Especially with assisted living facilities there is not enough oversight from outside and state agencies." He also said a lot of assisted living facilities need more attention from regulators and new regulation but he says with a big population that is growing older, it's an uphill battle. Right now the safest bet he says is to keep aging loved ones inside their own home with help from outside or if they are in a facility stay proactive and look for signs.

"Visit, keep up your contacts, talk with other family to see if their family members are being taken care of, just keep your eyes and ears open." For more, read the story.

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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