Serving Hands Employee Charged with Sexually Assaulting 2 Residents
Police have charged an employee of the Serving Hands assisted living facility in Menomonie with the sexual assault of two residents. 43-year-old Ramone Bridges has been charged with two counts of second-degree sexual assault.
Both victims have accused Bridges of sexually assaulting them in April at the adult assisted living facility. One of the victims told police that Bridges groped her, while another said she was forced to have sex with Bridges.
Bridges’ DNA was found on the victim’s body and underwear. He was scheduled to appear in court on January 3.
Justice for Victims of Sexual Assault in Assisted Living Facilities
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com is a former sex crimes prosecutor who now serves as a civil attorney, helping the victims of sexual violence find justice through lawsuits. We’ve asked him to share some information on the legal options available to those who have been victimized in assisted living facilities:
The victims of sexual violence are often the most vulnerable among us, including the children, the elderly, and those with disabilities. Because of this tragic reality, it’s crucial to properly screen anyone who wants to work in a field involving kids or vulnerable adults and to always take victims seriously when they speak out about sexual misconduct.
When an assisted living facility employee sexually abuses a resident, there are many concerns to address. The resident must get the support they need and the abuser must be fired and criminally prosecuted. In some cases, it also may be appropriate to take legal action against the facility itself for failure to keep their residents safe.
For example, an assisted living facility might be considered negligent and held liable for the sexual abuse of a resident if management failed to run a background check before hiring a new employee or failed to report allegations of sexual misconduct by staff to law enforcement.
If you or a loved one is a survivor of assisted living facility sexual abuse, you can find justice for the trauma your family has undergone. Consider speaking to an experienced sexual abuse survivors attorney to learn more about your family’s legal options.