State Looks Deeper Into the Case of Sexual Abuse at Bristol Nursing Home

The Virginia Attorney General’s Office is continuing it's investigation into allegations that current National Healthcare-Bristol administrator Charlotte Wilson ignored reports that Certified Nursing Assistant at the center sexually abused residents.

Wilson appeared today before the state’s Board of Long-Term Care Administrators to answer to the charges in an informal hearing where the accused answers board members’ questions. After listening to Wilson for nearly two hours, the board decided to bump the charges to a formal hearing. If found guilty in a formal hearing, it is likely that her license will be suspended or revoked.

On April 12, the Virginia Board of Nursing fined and reprimanded former NHC-Bristol nursing director Elizabeth Anne Franklin on similar charges of ignoring abuse reports. The facility's current nursing supervisor, Helen Roberts, is also accused of trying to discourage an individual from passing on a complaint of abuse.

The CNA involved is awaiting a sentencing for the aggravated sexual battery of four former NHC patients. In January, he entered an Alford plea to four counts of aggravated sexual battery. Each count carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. The Alford plea, does not admit guilt, but acknowledges that the evidence is sufficient for a conviction and is treated as a guilty plea by the court. 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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