McKnight’s reported the ongoing saga at Maplewood Sauk Prairie in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Department of Health and Human Services said female residents at Maplewood Sauk Prairie were in danger because there was not enough supervision of registered sex offender Galen J. Malisch, according to a lengthy report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Malisch is accused of groping female residents in separate incidents. He faces two felony counts of second-degree sexual assault of a mentally ill victim, along with misdemeanor charges.
The administrator and director of nursing are in trouble for trying to cover-up the sexual assault investigation involving multiple residents. The state said both leaders attempted to intimidate staff and threatened their jobs around discussing the investigation. Evidence suggests that the administrative staff told employees to stay quiet during a state investigation of the assaults. One employee told an investigator “we all knew,” the newspaper reported. A social worker says she told the administrator and nursing director months ago that Malisch was a registered sex offender, the newspaper added.