Nursing Home Visitor Sentenced 30 Years in Prison After Raping Resident

A man who admitted to the 2007 rape of an 89-year-old nursing home patient was sentenced to 30 years in prison yesterday. The victim died just over a week after the attack of pneumonia which the prosecutors believed was brought on by the trauma of being assaulted. Initially the prosecution filed murder charges before deciding to proceed with a rape case.

The 33-year-old suspect, had pleaded guilty earlier this year to forcible rape. The sentence imposed this week was the maximum under the plea agreement. The man's grandfather lived at the facility, which enables him to get to know the victim. According to the District Attorney on the matter, he said he picked the woman because she was unable to defend herself.

Doctors did not discover that the woman had been raped until after she was taken to the hospital for treatment of pneumonia. The man became a suspect after he was arrested for exposing himself in a separate incident at the same facility. 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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