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Morris Plains, NJ - Maintenance Worker At Arbor Terrace Senior Living Facility Charged with Sexual Assault of a Resident

Arbor Terrace Morris Plains Senior Living Facility
Published: August 5, 2020
By: Janean Cuffee
Last Updated on November 24, 2020

Arbor Terrace Maintenance Worker Charged With Sexual Assault and Criminal Sexual Contact

According to the Daily Record, Arbor Terrace Morris Plains Senior Living facility maintenance worker, 61-year-old Anthony Ligon, was charged with sexual assault and criminal sexual contact. Ligon allegedly raped an 82-year-old resident of the center who suffers from dementia and is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

He was caught in the act by another staff member during her nightly rounds. Ligon told the woman staff member not to report the incident as he would lose his job. Following his plea, the staff member checked on the elderly woman and reported what she saw to the police. The woman claims she saw Ligon on top of the victim in her bed, while his pants and underwear were completely off.

The victim and resident of Arbor Terrace reported she was raped and had vaginal pain. The victim was taken to the hospital, Morristown Medical Center, where she received treatment and underwent a sexual-assault exam.

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Legal Options for Victims of Sexual Assault at Medical Facility

Attorney contributor, Guy D'Andrea, a sexual abuse lawyer, represents victims and their families in sexual abuse civil lawsuits. Brian provided commentary in an interview to assist victims of sexual assault in determining whether they have a claim against a medical facility.

We asked Brian about the legal obligations a medical facility has to their patients and residents. He replied, “medical staffs have a legal obligation to protect their patients and ensure a safe environment. Sadly, predators are sometimes found working alongside patients as the medical staff. Medical facilities must protect their patients from these predators and sexual assault.”

When asked if a victim can sue a medical facility for sexual abuse, Brian replied, “the victim and the family must ask if the medical facility did everything possible to prevent this sexual abuse. Some sexual abuse cases only occur as a result of negligence from the medical facility. For example, if a medical facility ignores prior sexual misconduct and allows the worker to continue working, it could be considered negligent. In cases of negligence by medical facilities, the victim and their family should know they may have grounds for a lawsuit against the said medical facility.”


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Editor: Janean is an NYU Applied Psychology major with a double minor in history and sociology. As a NY native, she focuses on highlighting important legal news regarding violence, assaults, and social justice cases. Contact Janean: This article was fact checked prior to publishing by this author to ensure compliance with our rigorous editorial standards. We will only use authoritative sources. Our values compel us to provide only trustworthy information. If you find an error, please contact us.
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