Last Update: 7/13/2020
Legal Commentary: Sexual abuse lawyer Laurence Banville discusses the legal options available to nursing home abuse victims and their families in the second section of this story.
A former resident at Glen Falls Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing was arrested in February for allegedly sexually abusing another resident at the nursing home in August 2019.
84-year-old Edward E. Snowball has been indicted on three counts each of first-degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of an incompetent person. This indictment was filed in Warren County Court.
Snowball has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
The alleged victim is considered physically helpless and thus unable to consent to sexual activity, said police.
According to the charges, there were three incidents that happened on August 25-26 last year. The nursing home staff went to the woman’s room after hearing a commotion.
Investigators questioned Snowball at the home and he allegedly admitted to touching the woman and being aware that she was not consenting to the touching.
Snowball was living in another nursing home in Columbia County at the time of his arrest.
Attorney Laurence Banville is an experienced sex abuse victims lawyer who has represented nursing home abuse victims and their families in civil lawsuits. Laurence has offered to weigh in with some of his thoughts on the legal rights of these victims and families:
Nursing homes have many responsibilities, but the safety of residents must come above all else. While most nursing homes do a good job of keeping their residents safe and providing them with the care they need, this industry is also rife with problems of abuse and neglect. When a nursing home resident is sexually abused, it’s crucial to investigate all of the circumstances surrounding the abuse.
In some cases, the sexual abuse of a resident may have been prevented if not for nursing home negligence. For example, a nursing home could be considered negligent for the sexual abuse of one resident by another if employees had failed to address previous sexual misconduct by the perpetrator.
If negligence was a factor, nursing home abuse victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit against the nursing home. You can learn more about your family’s legal options in a nursing home abuse case by calling our experienced sex abuse victims lawyers for a free consultation.