Nursing home abuse and neglect is a growing problem in this country. Unfortunately, there are many different forms and causes of abuse, all of which are unacceptable and preventable. Sexual abuse is a disturbing problem happening too often in nursing homes and with in-home aides. Workers hired to care for this vulnerable population are taking advantage of the disabled and elderly.
Nursing Home Aide Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison
Last week in New York City, a mute female stroke victim took the stand in court to testify against the nursing home aide that sexually abused her in a Morningside Heights facility. With the help of an interpreter, the 61-year-old woman painstakingly spelled out her testimony by pointing to letters on a page while the interpreter read them aloud. The victim was considered completely dependent, partially paralyzed and unable to speak. The male nursing home aide was assigned to the midnight shift when he assaulted the disabled woman. He was caught abusing the victim by a nurse who came to the room after seeing her call light come on three different times.
Jose Ramos, 62, was sentenced to seven years in prison. His convictions include sex abuse, endangering the welfare of a vulnerable elderly person, and endangering the welfare of a physically disabled person. When Ramos is released from prison, he must register as a sex offender and serve ten years probation.
“The defendant preyed on a helpless victim,” said District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. “Rather than protecting the safety of the victim, he violated her in deplorable ways.”
It is not often that these horrible crimes of abuse get reported or perpetrators convicted because the victims are often extremely disabled or pass away during the investigation. This case shows that a victim’s disability does not have to prevent justice.
Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers in New Jersey and Philadelphia
If your loved one is currently a resident of a nursing home or care facility and you witness or suspect any form of inappropriate or abusive behavior from the staff, you must report it. If you feel uncomfortable reporting negligent or abusive care to the nursing home, contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation. You may also call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.