According to Tampa Bay Times, a nurse was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a patient at The Care Center of Pinellas Park located at 8701 49th St N, Pinellas Park, FL 33782.
On Thursday, December 16, 2021, 63-year-old William Ira Cease Jr. was arrested after being caught engaging in a sexual act with a patient at the nursing home on December 13. A fellow employee at the rehabilitation center walked in on Cease sexually assaulting the 69-year-old female patient in her room.
Initially, Cease ran before police arrived, but they were able to apprehend him at his apartment. He has been employed at the nursing home since April 2019 as a practical nurse. Police are worried there could be additional victims.
Attorney contributor Michael Haggard represents nursing home sexual assault victims in civil lawsuits against medical facilities. Recently, Michael discussed the legal options available to sexual assault victims, including their right to pursue a nursing home sexual assault lawsuit.
"Doctors and nurses are positions that are freely respected and trusted by patients. Sadly, not all medical professionals are trustworthy nor have our best interests in mind. Too often lately, there have been reports of nurses sexually assaulting patients across the globe. This includes incidents in nursing homes. Victims of nursing home sexual assault have legal rights, both by filing criminal charges and, in some cases, civil lawsuits."
"Nursing homes, just like hospitals, have a legal obligation to maintain the safety of the medical facility. The facility can reduce the risk of abuse by vetting each staff member with extensive background checks, installing cameras throughout the property, and screening other patients for histories of misconduct or violence. However, failing to provide ample security can allow these incidents to occur. The failure of a nursing home to protect its patients can cause them to be held responsible in a lawsuit."
"Victims of nursing home sexual assault and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit against the nursing home. It is important to discuss your legal rights and options with an experienced nursing home abuse lawyer."