A jury convicted a 46 year-old former New York nursing home aide of three felonies: rape in the first degree, sexual abuse in the first degree, and endangering the welfare of a vulnerable elderly person. When the former aid began working at the nursing home, the nursing home sought to perform a criminal background check, but the process was not completed before he committed the nursing home sexual abuse on the 90 year-old resident. A background check would have shown that the 46 year-old had previously been convicted of one felony drug offense and several misdemeanors. This demonstrates how nursing homes must be diligent in conducting criminal background checks on employees who will be working closely with vulnerable nursing home residents.
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