A former Orangeburg, S.C., nursing home employee has won a defamation lawsuit against his former employer. Ralph C. Williams, Sr., 58, was awarded $1 million after being cleared of charges that he sexually assaulted a resident at the Orangeburg home. The plaintiff was awarded nearly $900,000 in punitive damages and about $100,000 in actual damages.
The jury’s verdict was against UniHealth Post Acute Care LLC and two employees at the home. The company is to pay $600,000 of the total. Williams had been charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct and abuse of a vulnerable adult in 2010. The sexual conduct charge was dropped and a jury cleared him on the abuse charge in 2012.
Sources: The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg and The Insurance Journal
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