Carolyn M. Wheeler, the former Recreational Leader at Somers Manor Nursing Home in New York, has been charged with endangering the welfare of a vulnerable elderly person in the second degree, a felony, as well as sexual abuse in the second degree, a misdemeanor. Ms. Wheeler allegedly touched the genitalia of a 60 year-old male resident who suffers from a mental defect. The incident was witnessed and reported by another Somers Manor employee.
As a result of the incident, Ms. Wheeler’s position as Recreational Leader has been terminated. Authorities are investigating whether any other residents were abused by Ms. Wheeler.
The attorneys at the Law Offices of Thomas L. Gallivan, PLLC represent victims of sexual and/or physical abuse at the hands of nursing home employees. If you or a loved one has been victimized in a nursing home or assisted living facility, please contact us.
Nursing home worker accused of sexually abusing patient, 60, Journal News, Hoa Nguyen, August 25, 2009.