Caregiver Charged with ASsaulting St. Cloud Nursing Home Resident
A caregiver at St. Benedict’s Senior Community in St. Cloud has been arrested for allegedly repeatedly sexually assaulting a resident at the assisted living facility. 23-year-old Jesus Manzanilla Alvarado was charged on Monday in Sherburne County District Court with sexual abuse by a caregiver and mistreatment of a resident or patient. Police say he assaulted a 68-year-old woman living at the facility several times over the course of several weeks.
According to a spokeswoman for CentraCare Health, which operates the facility, the center investigated the allegations and Manzanilla Alvarado admitted to “inappropriate behavior.” He was immediately fired. The center notified law enforcement and the state Health Department of what they found.
On Friday, St. Benedict’s employees told police that Manzanilla Alvarado was spending significant time with the patient and he allegedly admitted to police that he digitally penetrated her. He also told them he’d been sexually touching the woman over the course of two weeks. The patient confirmed that the caregiver had been sexually abusing her in her room.
Manzanilla Alvarado has a prior criminal history, with three convictions for drug possession and one for disorderly conduct.
Legal Recourse for Nursing Home Abuse Victims and Their Families
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com is a former sex crimes prosecutor who now represents sexual abuse survivors in civil lawsuits. Here is some insight from Brian on how the legal system can help nursing home abuse victims and their families find justice:
Finding a nursing home for your loved one can be a difficult experience. Once the decision is made, we all deserve the peace of mind that our elderly loved ones will be safe in their new home and provided with the quality of care they deserve. Sadly, this is not always the case, as there have been numerous reports of nursing home residents becoming victims of sexual abuse by employees, fellow residents, and visitors or intruders.
The safety of residents must be the top priority for any nursing home. The facilities who fail to keep their residents safe deserve to be held accountable and the victims and their families deserve justice. Many cases of sexual abuse in nursing homes involve negligence by the facility, such as failing to respond to reports of inappropriate behavior by an employee or failing to run a background check before hiring a new employee.
In cases of negligence, the victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit. If you or a loved one is a survivor of nursing home abuse or neglect, our experienced sex abuse survivors lawyers want to help your family find justice. You can learn more about your legal options in a free consultation.