The Gowanda Rehabilitation & Nursing Center was fined $10,000 after mishandling the sexual assault of a patient. According to investigators, numerous deficiencies were discovered related to the prevention and investigation of the incident.
According to a report compiled by the New York State Department of Health, a male resident was found with his pants down, on top of a female resident in the early hours of May 29, 2019. The female resident could be heard saying, “no, no” before staffers intervened. The female resident suffers from “severe cognitive impairment.” The male resident who carried out the sexual assault is said to suffer from, “moderate cognitive impairment” and who, according to the report, “knew what he was doing but not with who. He was confused.”
In the subsequent hours, state investigators say the facility did not take proper steps to preserve or document potential evidence. The staffers denied at first that a sexual assault actually occurred. An examination several hours later at a nearby Emergency Room revealed physical evidence proving an assault had occurred.