The Bristol Herald Courier had an article on James Wright, the NHC CNA who raped multiple residents. Wright blamed his four victims for the sexual assaults they suffered according to a psychological evaluation. The evaluation was court-ordered to determine Wright’s eligibility for a sexual offender treatment program. The test has roughly 1,200 questions that focus on sexual desires and past relationships.
The evaluation describes the man who once fed, bathed and clothed National HealthCare’s elderly residents as a manipulative hedonist with tendencies of voyeurism and exhibitionism. It also ranks his personality in line with the average rapist and molester.
“He holds the victims responsible … because the accuser wanted and liked the sex play that happened,” the evaluation states.
“This is no doubt an indescribably despicable criminal act,” Judge Kirksey said before issuing the 60 year sentence. “Certainly, as a certified nursing aide, you understand the position of trust … you were placed in by these women and by [their] families.”
During the evaluation in March, Wright alluded to the technical significance of his plea.
“I was charged with four counts of groping,” he told the test administrator. “I did not hurt anybody. They were the mental patients. I made an Alford plea on the advice of my counsel. I did not plead guilty.”
“His … evaluation shows that he preys on people who are helpless,” Wolfe said, noting that each victim had been diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s. “He picked out victims that he didn’t think would be able to tell on him.”
Since Wright’s arrest last year, NHC-Bristol supervisors have been accused of both ignoring and failing to report suspected patient abuse. A state licensing board has fined and reprimanded former Director of Nursing Elizabeth Anne Franklin. Current home Administrator Charlotte Wilson and Nursing Supervisor Helen Roberts face possible sanctions against their licenses.