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Alameda County Elder Abuse Attorney: Caregiver Arrested For Sexual Assault Of Elderly Dementia Patients

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Aide Allegedly Filmed Herself Raping Elderly Male Residents

Some Victims Could Not Speak

Rapes And Sexual Assaults Allegedly Occurred Over Two-Year Period

Statistics show that about.83 percent of victims of elder sexual abuse reside in nursing homes or assisted care facilities.  Of this number, women are 6 times more likely to be victims of elder sexual abuse than men.  The number of actual cases of sexual elder abuse, whether against women or men, understates the problem because research shows that only about 30% of elderly victims of sexual abuse actually report the abuse to authorities.  This underreporting occurs in part because elders and dependent adults with dementia or other mental or physical disabilities may not be able to even comprehend what is happening to them let alone tell anybody. In all events, sexual assault is a crime and, when perpetrated on a senior, an additional crime of elder abuse and grounds for civil liability for damages.  Penal Code § 368 and Cal. Welf. & Inst. Code § 15610.63(e).  Evans Law Firm. Inc. represents victims of sexual assault or other abuse in nursing homes, and their families, and pursues all persons responsible, including owners, administrators and managers who are responsible for hiring and supervising caregivers.  Remedies in elder abuse cases include awards of attorneys’ fees and costs for bringing the lawsuit.  Cal. Welf. & Inst. Code § 15657. Call us today at (415)441-8669 if any senior loved one has suffered any kind of elder abuse in Alameda County, San Francisco or elsewhere in California.  Our toll-free number is 1-888-50EVANS (888-503-8267).

Caregiver Charged With Rape And Assault Of Male Dementia Victims

In a recently reported case,[1] an individual who worked as a state-tested nurse’s aide at an assisted care facility was arrested after authorities conducted a two-week investigation into allegations that the aide had raped and sexually assaulted several male residents of the facility.  The investigation reportedly included a number of video recordings of the aide (who was female) sexually assaulting elderly residents of the facility, police said.  Some of them couldn’t even speak,’ a Police Detective David McConnell told reporters.  ‘You know, they’re elderly, didn’t know what was going on and she did it for her own personal gratification.’  The aide reportedly used a cell phone to record herself committing multiple sexual assaults against men with dementia living at the facility.  She allegedly began filming the sexual assaults on December 1, 2019, and continued until December 4, 2021, a local newspaper reported.   According to prosecutors, the suspect was completely aware that her alleged victims ‘ability to consent or resist was substantially impaired because of a mental or physical condition or because of advanced age.’  Police stated that the suspect voluntarily confessed to the activity following her arrest. 

Protecting Your Older Loved Ones From Sexual Abuse

Ultimately, another staff member at the facility reported the alleged misconduct of the aide in the reported case.  While care facility staff are mandated reporters of abuse under Cal. Welf. & Inst. Code § 15630(b)(1)(A)(ii), there is no substitute for families and loved ones checking in as often as they can on relatives in nursing homes.  You know your loved one best, and you will be able to pick up on any emotional or behavioral changes that may be signs of any kind of abuse, including sexual abuse.  If you suspect something is wrong do something about it right away.  Alert the home’s administrator and the authorities, but also call qualified elder counsel.  Counsel can  pursue all persons responsible for any sort of abuse, and those who hired and supervise the abusers, including administrators and owners.

Contact Us

Ingrid M. Evans represents victims of elder abuse, and their families and heirs, in Alameda County, San Francisco or elsewhere in California.  If you need help, call us today at 415-441-8669 or toll free at 1-888-50EVANS (888-503-8267).or by email at <a href=”mailto:info@evanslaw.com”>info@evanslaw.com</a>.

[1] Evans Law Firm, Inc. was not involved in the case in any way.

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