Friendship Nursing Home Employee Suspected of Sexually Abusing Residents
Law enforcement authorities in La Grange are investigating reports that a former employee of Friendship Manor Nursing Home might have sexually abused residents at the nursing home.
41-year-old Richard T. Coleman was arrested on August 16 on charges that he allegedly sexually abused a coworker. On November 10, he was indicted on four counts of sexual abuse by an Oldham County Grand Jury based on those allegations. These charges involve the same victim and occurred between December 1, 2017, and May 24, 2018 – when Coleman was working at Friendship Manor.
Authorities are investigating new claims that Coleman has also sexually abused residents. Additionally, other employees of Friendship Manor have reported similar incidents of sexual misconduct and abuse involving Coleman, which are also under investigation.
The Friendship Manor Nursing Home has been renamed as Friendship Health and Rehab.
Legal Recourse For Victims of Nursing Home Sexual Abuse
Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com is a former sex crimes prosecutor who now represents sexual assault victims as an attorney in civil lawsuits. We’ve asked Brian for some input into the legal options available to victims of nursing home sexual abuse:
It’s never easy to see a family member admitted to a nursing home. But when this time comes, every family deserves to know that their loved one is in safe hands. Unfortunately, sexual predators are sometimes found in nursing homes. These predators use their positions of authority and close proximity to vulnerable individuals to commit heinous crimes.
When a nursing home resident is sexually abused by an employee, we must make sure that the perpetrator is prosecuted, that the victims get all of the support they need, and that the nursing home is held accountable if they were at fault for failing to prevent the abuse. In some cases, nursing home abuse only occurs because of negligence – such as a failure to run a background check before hiring a new employee or a failure to report suspected abuse to law enforcement. In cases of nursing home abuse related to negligence, the victims and their families may have the right to file a lawsuit.
If you or a loved one has suffered sexual abuse in a nursing home, we understand how difficult this time is for your family. However, the legal system does offer victims ways to find justice. To learn more about your legal rights, consider speaking to one of our experienced sexual assault victims attorneys today.