Family Claims Nursing Home Failed To Monitor Dangerous Resident Leading To Sexual Assault

A lawsuit has been filed against a nursing home in Aurora, Ill., and one of its residents, Sylvester Graves, after he allegedly sexually assaulted a female resident. According to the lawsuit, Graves beat the woman severely and sexually assaulted her in his room at Fox River Pavilion nursing home.

The plaintiffs claim that Graves has been arrested multiple times and suffers from bipolar disorder and other mental issues. They further assert that the nursing home should have monitored him more closely or restricted his access to other residents. Finally, they contend that the home failed to provide additional security or failed to provide therapies that may have treated his anti-social behavior.

The injury resident, a dementia sufferer, appeared at the nurse’s station after she was assaulted “in a bruised, battered and bloodied condition,” according to the suit.

Graves is being held in Kane County Jail awaiting trial on eight counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault, criminal sexual assault and battery. He has served prison stints for burglary and retail theft convictions in Cook County, according to state records.

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Lawsuit over alleged nursing home sex assault, Chicago Tribune, Clifford Ward, March 30, 2010.

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