Sadly…you read it correctly! A former aide at the Rome Memorial Hospital Residential Health Care Facility, who was convicted last month of raping and sexually assaulting a 90-year-old resident of the nursing home, has been sentenced to over 30 years in prison. The aide was an employee at Rome Memorial Hospital in Rome, New York for several months before being transferred to the hospital’s affiliated 80-bed nursing home. The crime was committed about two weeks after the transfer.
Rome Memorial Hospital Residential Health Care Facility intended to perform a criminal background check on the aide but it was not completed before he raped the elderly resident. The background check would have revealed the aide was previously convicted for one felony drug offense in 1992 and several misdemeanors in the 1990s. His last conviction was for a misdemeanor drug offense in 1999.
No punishment could be too much for this guy. But what about the facility? Background checks are a must and should be performed on every worker BEFORE they work their first hour!