Lake Owasso Residence Shoreview Neglect Failure to Supervise Clients
In a report dated February 3, 2017, the Minnesota Department of Health, it was alleged that Lake Owasso Residence Shoreview staff failed to provide adequate supervision and two client engaged in sexual activity with each other.
Lake Owasso Residence Shoreview Substantiated Neglect by Staff
According to the MDH report of substantiated neglect: based on a preponderance of the evidence, neglect occurred when the facility failed to provide adequate supervision of two clients resulting in Client #1 forcing sexual activity.
Client #1 was diagnosed with mild intellectual disability. Client #2 was diagnosed with moderate intellectual disability.
The two clients lived in adjacent areas on the same hallway. Client #1 resided at the facility for five days when staff notified the supervisor that there were concerns about the interactions between the two clients that put Client #2 at risk. Client #1 would follow Client #2 around and site very close to Client #2. The supervisor told the staff member to keep eye contact on Client #1 and maintain separation between the two clients. The information was not shared with all staff members. No plan was implemented to provide additional supervision or other strategies to maintain the safety of all clients.
Two days later, Client #2 told staff that Client #1 knocked on Client #2′ door and asked for sex. Staff immediately reported this information to a supervisor. No additional supervision was implemented. Three days later, Client #1 was not in the common area and a staff person called out Client #1’s name. Client #1 responded from Client #2’s bedroom. Client #1 came out of the bedroom adjusting her/his pants. The same day, Client #2 told staff the two clients had intercourse. The supervisor was notified, but no additional supervision or interventions were implemented. The following day, Client #2 told another staff member that Client #1 raped Client #2. The supervisor notified the director who initiated an investigation Client #2 was sent to the hospital for an evaluation and Client #1 was sent to the hospital because he was a danger to other clients.
Client #1 was interviewed and said Client #1 and Client #2 had sexual intercourse.
Client #2 was interviewed and said on three occasions, including the incident when Client #1 was in Client #2’s room, Client #1 had forced Client #2 to have sexual intercourse. Client #2 said s/he was to scared to tell anyone.
Client #2’s hospital record was reviewed and the sexual assault exam indicated there was evidence of vaginal penetration and the client had genital tear/laceration. During an interview, the sexual assault nurse examiner stated that Client #2’s injury was consistent with penetration.
Lake Owasso Residence Shoreview – Report Suspected Abuse and Neglect
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Kenneth LaBore has handled many cases of elder sexual abuse and is well versed in the arguments and experts needed to get accountability for such personal violations to vulnerable people often unable to defend themselves or call out for help.
If you have concerns about sexual abuse or any other form of elder abuse or neglect contact Minnesota Elder Abuse Attorney Kenneth LaBore toll free at 612-743-9048 or toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.