Nursing Home Aides Plead Not Guilty to Sexual Abuse of Elderly Residents

A 19-year-old nursing home aide pleaded not guilty on Thursday to charges that she was one of two employees who sexually humiliated and abused numerous vulnerable residents at the facility.

According to the charges, the aide admitted to police that in the first half of 2008 she inserted her finger into the rectum of a resident at the nursing home. She said she was trying to trigger a bowel movement but acknowledged that this was not part of her training. She also acknowledged getting into bed with a resident and making a sexual gesture. "I might have done the motion, but she was nowhere near me," the complaint quotes the aide as telling police.She also admitted to patting the buttocks of one resident and trying to get another angry and then laughing at her.

 Also charged in the case is another aide at the facility, age 20. The charges against her say that she admitted to police that she poked one resident in the breast. Other teens who were implicated accused her of numerous other actions, including spitting in a resident's mouth and jabbing the breasts of several residents. She also has pleaded not guilty. Four other aides were charged in juvenile court with not reporting the alleged abuse. For more, read the story.

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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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