A certified nurse’s aide at the upstate New York nursing home, Northwoods Rehabilitation Center, has been arrested for sexually abusing an elderly resident of the facility from December 15, 2007 – January 7, 2009. Robert Gundersen faces the following charges:
1) sexual abuse in the first degree, a class D felony;
2) forcible touching, a class A misdemeanor; and
3) sexual abuse in the third degree, a class B misdemeanor.
According to the indictment, Mr. Gundersen touched the breasts and vagina of a 78 year-old resident who was unable to defend herself from the attack. If convicted, Mr. Gundersen faces 2 1/3 – 7 years of incarceration.
Unbelievably, Mr. Gundersen also faces charges stemming from a prior incident when he was employed as a certified nurse’s aide at another upstate New York nursing home, Eddy Ford Nursing Home. He is charged with sexual abuse in the third degree for allegedly french-kissing a nursing home resident who suffered from multiple sclerosis and was wheelchair-bound.
The charges against Mr. Gunderson are the result of Attorney General Cuomo’s ongoing investigation into nursing home neglect and abuse.
Troy Aide Indicted For Nursing Home Sexual Abuse, North Country Gazette, May 5, 2009