A 92-year-old Alzheimer’s patient was sexually assaulted by an employee of Pine Run Community Nursing Home. The family has sued the nursing home alleging that the home was negligent in failing to protect the mentally incapacitated woman. The home and the assaulter, who was sentenced to two to four years in prison, are being sued for civil damages. The employee entered and exited the nursing home through a service entrance and the suit claims the home should have done more to restrict access to vulnerable patients. The assault was discovered by an employee who noticed the patient’s door was closed, entered and witnessed the assault. Unfortunately it had been occurring for three years. The suit aims to collect fair compensation and injustice for injuries from which the woman suffered but also to send a message to nursing homes that abuse and neglect does not go unnoticed in the hopes of preventing acts like this one in the future.
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