On February 21st, authorities investigated a call regarding an assault at a Wayne nursing home. Upon arrival, police determined a resident, permanently in a vegetative state, had been sexually assaulted. On March 9th, authorities arrested the 59-year-old suspect, Gregory Allen Brown.

Brown was arraigned at the 29th District Court in Wayne by Judge Laura Mack and given a $5,000 personal bond. Charged with fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, the suspect faces up to 2 years in prison and a $500 fine for the misdemeanor.

The suspect’s probable cause hearing will take place on March 20th at 9 A.M., and the preliminary examination hearing will take place on March 27th at 9 A.M.

More about this incident can be found here.

This brutal crime serves as an example of nursing home abuse. Although nursing homes are supposed to serve and protect their residents, the National Center on Elder Abuse reveals 44% of residents report some type of abuse.

Examples of nursing home abuse include:

Nursing home negligence includes the lack of protection or care for a resident, such as failing to observe a resident if they are prone to falling, as well as failing to screen nursing home visitors. Since many residents are disabled due to physical or mental ailments, it is the nursing home’s responsibility to properly care for and protect its residents.