Arrest Made in Alleged Sexual Assault at Regal Care Southport
Police arrested a New York man on Monday, January 21 for allegedly sexually assaulting a nursing home resident at Regal Care at Southport.
58-year-old Elias Aldana, of Port Chester, was arrested at Greenwich Hospital when he reported there for an appointment. He has been charged with second-degree sexual assault, fourth-degree sexual assault, second-degree burglary, and second-degree reckless endangerment. He was held on $100,000 bond.
According to police, Saldana sexually assaulted a 75-year-old woman at the Regal Care nursing home located on Mill Hill Terrace on January 21, 2018. Nurses at the facility told police that they witnessed Saldana in the woman’s room without permission and that her clothing was disheveled. She was brought to Bridgeport Hospital where medical staff determined that she had been sexually assaulted.
The victim suffered a stroke two years before the alleged assault and is unable to move or communicate.
According to the police, nurses also told them that they had previously seen Saldana in the victim’s room and that he said that he thought the woman was beautiful.
Saldana denied the allegations and agreed to give police a DNA sample. The police said that DNA testing from a state laboratory determined that Saldana could not be eliminated as a contributor of DNA found on the victim.
Legal Recourse for Survivors of Nursing Home Sexual Assault
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com is a former sex crimes prosecutor who now represents survivors of sexual assault in civil cases. Here are some of Brian’s thoughts on the legal options available to nursing home sexual abuse survivors and their families:
Safety and comfort are the top priorities for any family searching for a suitable nursing home for their elderly loved ones. We all want to know that these loved ones will be cared for in a professional manner and safe from becoming the victims of crime. But tragically, nursing homes are often the site of heinous sexual crimes committed against residents – by employees, other residents, guests, and intruders.
The nursing homes that fail to keep their residents safe must be held accountable for the traumatic assaults they’ve allowed to occur. While the criminal justice system will handle the crucial step of prosecuting the offender, civil attornies help survivors and their families find justice against nursing homes who allow sexual abuse to occur through negligence, such as improper supervision or hiring employees without first conducting background checks.
If you or a loved one is a survivor of nursing home sexual assault, we understand how painful this time is for your family. If you’d like to learn more about how you can find justice by taking legal action, consider contacting one of our experienced sexual abuse survivors attornies for a free consultation.