The co-owner of Banner Crest Care Home has been charged with sexually abusing a patient.
Banner Crest Care Home Co-Owner Charged with Sex Abuse, Facility Issued 3 Citations
Last Update: 7/13/2020
Below: Sex abuse lawyer Bobby Thompson discusses civil lawsuits for sexual assault of nursing home residents in the second section of this article.
The co-owner of Banner Crest Care Home in Nevada City has been arrested for allegedly sexually abusing a patient at the assisted living facility. 79-year-old Joseph Albert Linhares was booked at the Nevada County Jail on March 6 on suspicion of lewd and lascivious acts on a dependent adult by a caretaker.
The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office began investigating Linahres after they were contacted regarding the alleged sexual abuse of a 94-year-old woman at Banner Crest. Sheriff’s officials investigated with the Major Crimes Unit and identified Linhares as the suspect.
The sheriff’s office also contacted the California Department of Social Services as a result of this investigation.
Banner Crest’s license has been suspended by the Department of Social Services. Clients at the facility are being interviewed.
The Department of Social Services visited Banner Crest on February 28 and issued three citations. Two were classified as Type B issues, which are given to violations that would pose an immediate risk to health, safety, and personal rights of clients if uncorrected. The other citation was Type A, which is an immediate risk to health, safety, or personal rights.