Nursing Home Patient Arrested For Rape Previously Investigated
Police in Green Springs arrested a 37-year-old nursing home patient on Saturday, November 10 on charges that he raped an elderly patient with dementia. Additionally, police say that the same patient was investigated in April for attempted sexual battery at the same facility, Eden Springs West.
The first complaint against Tyson Lagrou was reported on April 19, alleging that he had sexually assaulted a 44-year-old woman in her room at Eden Springs West. No charges were filed against Lagrou following an investigation.
Lagrou is a long-term patient at Eden Springs and suffers from a traumatic brain injury. He was charged with rape Saturday after a worker from the facility told police that she saw Lagrou sexually assaulting a 73-year-old patient in a hallway.
Following the April investigation, Assistant Sandusky County Prosecutor Mark Mulligan told Eden Springs West that the facility should update its safety plan with more monitoring of Lagrou and possibly consider if he should be removed from the facility in order to protect other residents.
Legal Recourse For Nursing Home Sexual Assault Victims and Their Families
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com has a long track record of helping sexual assault survivors – first in criminal court, and now through civil lawsuits. We have asked him for some thoughts on the legal options available to families affected by nursing home sexual assault:
It’s never easy to check a loved one into a nursing home. But when that time comes, every family deserves to know that their loved one is safe and getting all of the care that they need. Unfortunately, some nursing homes fail to meet these obligations and patients end up getting injured, falling ill, dying, or becoming the victims of sexual assault and other crimes.
When a patient, intruder, or employee sexually assaults a nursing home patient, it’s important to investigate all aspects of the case. In some cases, these incidents only occur because of the facility’s negligence, such as failing to properly supervise a patient with a history of sexual misconduct or violence. When negligence plays a role in failing to prevent a nursing home sexual assault, the victim and their family may have grounds for a lawsuit.
If you or a loved one has been sexually assaulted in a nursing home, we understand the difficulties you face. The legal system is here to help you find justice. To learn more about your legal options, consider speaking with an experienced sexual assault survivors lawyer today.