Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Woman is locked out of Texas nursing home after rape

Its difficult to believe this can happen, but here it is ...

According to an article in the Houston Chronicle, a nursing home in Texas City locked out a mentally disabled woman after she made a rape charge against an employee of the home. The man was later charged with sexual assault.

In a lawsuit, filed by the mother of the woman (named Jane Doe 1 in the lawsuit), HRA Village is accused of locking the woman out of the nursing home facility after tests for rape came back positive.

According to the lawsuit, Henry Lewis Jones, 54, targeted the daughter (named Jane Doe 2 in the lawsuit) after she reported witnessing the sexual assault of other residents at HRA Village. He assaulted Jane Doe 2 several times between March and July 2006.

Jane Doe 2 was only taken to UTMC for an examination after her mother insisted. The suit also claims that HRA Village failed to report the allegation of abuse to the Texas Department of Again and Disability Services, as required by law.

The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services’ website shows that HRA Village was cited for failing to report abuse incidents and for failing to prevent the use of seclusion and restraint as forms of punishment.

Thanks to Legal Medicine for this post.