Caregiver Reportedly Caught on Camera Abusing Cerebral Palsy Patient
Lawyer Comments: See the second section of this article for legal commentary on victims’ rights from sexual abuse attorney Brian Kent.
A caregiver who used to work for United Cerebral Palsy of Greater New Orleans has been arrested for allegedly physically and sexually abusing a man he was tasked to care for.
39-year-old Patrick Bowden was arrested on Monday, May 18, and charged with two misdemeanor counts of simple battery of the infirm.
The alleged victim’s mother, Valerie Williams, had an in-house surveillance camera which police said show Bowden punching her son in the head, elbowing him, and placing a cloth over his mouth.
Upon further review, footage from this camera reportedly showed that Bowden abused the disabled man on a daily basis and that some of the abuse was sexual.
Bowden was arrested a second time on Wednesday, May 20, and charged with 10 counts of felony cruelty to the infirm.
The alleged victim, 26-year-old Jeffery Williams, suffered a broken arm during Bowden’s overnight shift on Monday. Valerie Williams checked the camera footage after noticing that her son’s arm was swelling.
Kenner police are planning to review all of the surveillance video provided to them by Valerie Williams.
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Legal Rights of Caregiver Sex Abuse Victims
Attorney contributor Brian Kent is a former sex crimes prosecutor who now represents sex abuse victims and their families in civil lawsuits. Here are some thoughts from Brian on the legal rights of caregiver sex abuse victims and their families:
Caregivers for vulnerable adults do honorable work, and most caregivers are honorable people. However, there have been some cases of caregivers physically and sexually abusing the people they were supposed to look after. When this happens, it’s important that the victim’s family is aware of their legal rights.
Reporting abuse by a caregiver to law enforcement is an important first step, but this isn’t always the only legal option available. In some cases, caregiver abuse victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit against the caregiver or the employer.
If you or a loved one has been abused by a caregiver, you can learn more about your legal options in a free consultation with one of our experienced sex abuse victim lawyers.
United Cerebral Palsy of Greater New Orleans in Kenner, LA
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