Nursing Home Fined For Failing To Protect From Sexual Abuse

By: Lindsay Puccio
By: Lindsay Puccio

An Albemarle County nursing home is forced to pay up after failing to protect a resident from sexual abuse.

Officials said a year and a half ago a female resident was sexually abused by her brother, who was a former nursing assistant at Trinity Mission Health and Rehab in Charlottesville.

A federal court fined the nursing home $10,000 for failing to ensure the resident was free of "unwanted sexual advances."

The president of Trinity Mission could not comment on the case, but she did tell CBS19/ABC16 that she does not feel the facility was in violation.

"It is a very complicated family situation and we chose to appeal the original findings and we spend several thousand dollars doing that and it was lowered because of our appeal mechanism. We had a chance to appeal it once again but because of the cost involved we would rather spend the money by investing it back into the facility so we elected to go ahead and pay the fine," said Judy Ullery, the president of Trinity Mission.

Ullery said their staff will continue to provide quality care to their residents, including the resident in this incident who still lives at Trinity.

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