Lexington Nursing Home Employee Accused of Raping Patient
On October 16, a nurse at Lexington Rehabilitation and Healthcare was arrested for allegedly raping a resident of the nursing home.
Police were called to the nursing home to investigate the alleged rape at around 8:49 a.m. on October 16 after an employee told managers that she witnessed another employee sexually assaulting an elderly patient.
44-year-old employee Thomas Nganga was fired and has been charged with raping the resident. According to court documents, the victim was a female patient in her early 70s. Nganga primarily worked with dementia patients.
On October 22, an administrator for Lexington Rehabilitation and Healthcare publicly apologized for failing to immediately notify families about the nurse’s rape charge. According to a report by CBS 6 in Richmond, several families found out about the arrest from TV news coverage.
Justice for Nursing Home Abuse Victims and Their Families
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com is a former sex crimes prosecutor who now represents survivors of sexual assault in civil lawsuits. We’ve asked him to add some insight regarding the legal options available to nursing home abuse survivors and their families:
When our elderly loved ones need to move into a nursing home or assisted living facility, the transition is never easy. But everyone deserves to know that their older relatives will be in good hands during their golden years. While many of these facilities are nurturing and professional environments, problems of nursing home abuse have been reported across the country. It’s crucial to make sure the victims of such abuse find justice and that the perpetrators are held accountable for the trauma they’ve inflicted on victims and their families.
Nursing homes have a legal obligation to make sure their residents are safe from the risk of abuse by employees, other residents, and intruders. When a resident is sexually abused, it’s important to determine if the nursing home is at fault for failing to prevent the abuse. In cases where nursing home negligence is a contributing factor to sexual abuse, the victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit.
If you or a loved one is a survivor of nursing home sexual abuse, your family may be able to find justice through the legal system. Consider speaking to an experienced sex abuse survivors attorney to learn more about your legal options.
Local News Coverage from CBS 6 Richmond
Location of Lexington Rehabilitation and Healthcare in Richmond, VA