Attorney Analysis: The second section of this story features legal commentary from sex abuse victim lawyer Michael Haggard on the legal rights of nursing home sexual abuse victims and their families.
A Fort Myers man was arrested has been charged with several crimes for allegedly sexually assaulting a Sandpiper Run resident, exposing himself to a child, and breaking into two homes on May 28.
24-year-old Kevin Agenord is charged with sexual assault, battery, lewd and lascivious exhibition, and occupied burglary into a dwelling unarmed.
Security camera footage reviewed by deputies reportedly shows Agenord running away from the Sandpiper Run nursing home at around 10 a.m. on May 28 after allegedly sexually assaulting a woman there.
This video also shows him running towards Broadway Circle, where he allegedly broke into a home. He is accused of pushing an 11-year-old girl into a room at the home, locking the door, exposing himself, and stealing her cell phone.
On June 1, another person contacted the police to report that Agenord attempted to break into her apartment on the morning of May 28. Based on this report, police filed the additional charges for occupied burglary into a dwelling unarmed.
Attorney contributor Michael Haggard is an experienced sexual assault victim lawyer who represents nursing home abuse victims and their families in civil lawsuits. Here is Michael to share some information on the legal rights of these victims and families:
Nursing homes have a critical legal duty to make sure their residents are safe from preventable harm, including abuse and neglect. Sadly, there have been widespread reports of both of these problems in nursing homes across the country, including cases of residents being sexually assaulted by employees, other residents, and intruders.
When a nursing home resident is sexually assaulted, a full investigation must follow. It's important to ask if and how the assault could have been prevented. Some of these crimes only happen due to negligence, such as inadequate security failing to prevent an intruder from entering the facility and sexually assaulting a resident.
In cases of negligence, nursing home sexual assault victims and their families may have a case for a lawsuit.
If you or a loved one has been sexually assaulted at a nursing home, you can learn more about your family's legal rights in a free consultation with one of our dedicated sexual assault victim lawyers.