Mentally Ill Nursing Home Resident is Charged with Sexually Abusing Elderly Nursing Home Woman

According to the County Sheriffs office, a 57-year-old mentally ill man has been arrested on charges that he fondled an elderly woman suffering from Alzheimer’s in the nursing home where they were both residents. The man was arrested on a felony charge of battery on a person 65 years or older and is being held in county jail in lieu of $10,000 bail. The man involved is a convicted felon who served four years in prison for charges of resisting an officer with violence and possession of cocaine.

 According to police, the incident took place around 9:30 p.m. Thursday. A nurse at the nursing home saw the man inappropriately touching the victim over the outside of her hospital gown. He was removed from the victim's room, and the staff then reported the incident to the Sheriff's Office. The victim's advanced alzheimer's  and dementia limited her ability to communicate with law enforcement about the event.

Younger mentally ill people now make up almost ten percent of the nation's nearly 1.4 million nursing home residents. The closing of state mental institutions as well as a shortage of hospital psychiatric beds has caused this rise in younger nursing home residents.Unfortunately there are frequent cases of violence and abuse against elderly committed by young mentally unstable nursing home residents. 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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