All forms of abuse and neglect, especially when inflicted on those who are vulnerable, are horrible and should never be tolerated. Sadly, as nursing home abuse lawyers, we see the worst of these cases. In my opinion, sexual abuse is the most despicable way to take advantage of the vulnerable elderly who trust the caretakers they depend on to help them with their daily needs.
Certified Nursing Aide Arrested for Alleged Sexual Assault
Certified nursing aide Christopher Cantrell, 45, has been arrested on sexual assault charges after being accused by a wheelchair bound female resident at the nursing home where he formally worked. The woman told police that she did not report multiple sexual incidents with Cantrell because he was very well liked and was worried that no one would believe her. She secretly kept a napkin that contained evidence and contacted the police. She is alleging several sexual assaults in the nursing home including the weight room, shower and her bedroom.
Cantrell initially denied any inappropriate behavior, saying he viewed the woman as a grandmother. He then agreed to a DNA test, which proved to match the DNA on the napkin. When Cantrell was asked how the DNA could match he admitted to sexual contact. But he claims that she asked him if he was attracted to older women and then initiated the sexual contact. Then he claimed that he was too embarrassed to tell the nursing home administration when it happened. An investigation is ongoing which will figure out who is telling the truth. Cantrell has been suspended from the nursing home pending the outcome of the investigation.
Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers in New Jersey and Philadelphia
If you or your loved one has suffered sexual nursing home abuse, negligence, and inadequacy it’s time to contact nursing home abuse lawyers. The team at Messa & Associates is dedicated to earning justice and compensation for those injured or worse by negligence and abuse in nursing homes and long term care facilities. Call, toll-free, 1-800-MessaLaw, or submit a free online inquiry. If you would like immediate assistance, click the CHAT LIVE icon to the right. A representative is present right now to answer your questions.