Law enforcement officers from the California Department of Justice arrested a San Jose nursing home employee on suspicion of elder abuse after it was learned the employee, according to new accounts, “yanked on the elderly man’s genitalia.” Two other employees were arrested for knowing about the abuse, and failing to report it. The three face misdemeanor charges of elder abuse and battery and failing to report.
According to a press release from the CDO, agents from the Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse received a report about “sexual misconduct” at the Idylwood Care Center. The report came from the California Department of Public Health in January after it received a tip from an anonymous source that certified nursing assistant Arnold Sampson was witnessed grabbing the testicles of a male resident and making crude comments. A criminal investigation was then commenced.
The investigation revealed that Sampson had abuse the resident on other occasions, and had threatened to continue to touch him to “torment him.”
A spokesman for the nursing home issued a statement saying that, “Idylwood has always placed the highest priority on ensuring the most responsible level of care for our residents. We have cooperated fully with the attorney general in this investigation and will continue to do so.”
Cases of elder abuse can be reported to the Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse at 800-722-0432 or by clicking here.
The Southern California lawyers at Walton Law Firm provide free consultations to individuals and families throughout San Diego County who believe a loved one has been abused or neglected in the nursing home, assisted living, board and care, or home health care setting. Call (760) 571-5500 or (866) 607-1325 for a free and confidential case evaluation.