According to Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star, a resident was sexually assaulted at the Falls Run Nursing and Rehabilitation located at 140 Brimley Dr, Fredericksburg, VA 22406.
Law enforcement was called to the nursing home on March 17, 2022, following a report that an older woman had been sexually assaulted in her room. An investigation discovered that the woman had been sexually assaulted after 89-year-old Glenwood C. Posey entered her room at around 3 a.m. The investigation also determined that Posey had entered the woman's room the day before.
Posey was arrested and charged with two counts each of aggravated sexual battery, object sexual penetration, and interfering with another person's property rights.
Attorney contributor Kevin Biniazan, an experienced elder abuse attorney, defends sexual abuse victims and their families, including victims of sexual assault at nursing homes. Kevin provided some further comments on the legal options available to these victims and their families, including when they can file a lawsuit.
"Families entrust nursing homes to look after the wellbeing of their loved ones, including maintaining they are safe from nursing home abuse. Regrettably, not all nursing homes honor this commitment. In nursing homes across the country, cases of abuse and neglect are on the rise. Both nursing home staff and residents have been accused of sexually abusing residents. These establishments have a legal responsibility to provide security measures to reduce the risk of such abuse. They can utilize surveillance monitoring systems, room checks and conduct background checks to minimize the chances. However, if they fail to maintain a duty of care, they could be deemed negligent and held liable."
"If a nursing home patient is sexually abused, the incident should be carefully investigated. Victims and their families may be able to file a civil case against the nursing home for negligence in addition to criminal charges against the perpetrator. Victims are encouraged to speak with an experienced elder abuse attorney to discuss their legal options for compensation."