Sexual abuse of elders is a situation that is not as uncommon as one may think and the statistics are grim. The National Institute of Justice conducted studies revealing that the older a victim of sexual abuse is, the less likely there is to be a conviction. Further studies indicated that among sexual abuse victims, 70.7% of cases occurred in nursing homes. Approximately 14.6% of cases occurred in the victim’s own home, with most of the abusers being family members. Nursing homes and law enforcement, however, are taking notice of these incidents. St. Louis Today reports on a case where a nursing home worker is accused of sexually abusing three residents.
39-year-old Tony T. Bailey, a former employee of Crestwood Health Care Center, was charged in St. Louis County Circuit Court with counts of assault, illegal deviate sexual intercourse with a resident of a nursing facility, and sexual contact with a nursing facility resident. All charges are misdemeanors.
The crimes, which occurred between December of 2016 and January of 2017, involved a 71-year-old resident and two other residents in their late 20s.
The 71-year-old said that Bailey grabbed her bare buttocks as she emerged from the shower. She called the contact “surprising, shocking, and unwanted.”
Police who investigated the case also discovered that two other patients engaged in sexual activity with Bailey while he was on duty.
A person answering the phone for the facility claimed to not know who reporters were asking about when they inquired about Bailey, then hung up.
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