A jury in Virginia has awarded $750,000 in damages against an assisted living facility located in Newport News. A former staffer had been accused of sexually assaulting a mentally disabled resident. The verdict came in a lawsuit filed against Cote De Neige Home for Adults and its owner by the sister of a 55-year-old man who was a resident at the facility.
The staffer is accused of sexually assaulting the man while working at the home as a certified nursing assistant. He is charged with forcible sodomy, carnal knowledge and abuse and neglect. According to the lawsuit, the home and owner failed to exercise “reasonable care” when they hired the staff member who had a previous criminal record.
Source: Associated Press
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