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Nursing Home Rapist Sentenced to 23 Years in Prison

Nursing Home Rapist Sentenced to 23 Years in Prison

When nursing home residents show signs of dementia, they become easy targets for predators. After all, who will believe them if they complain? Fortunately, in the case of 58-year-old nursing home aide Luis Gomez, the truth, nevertheless, came out, and he is now going to prison for 23 years, for raping women entrusted to his care at North Carolina´s Brain Center.

The testimony of the victims was instrumental in securing a conviction that will hopefully keep Gomez far away from vulnerable women who have no mental or physical strength to stand up in the face of sexual abuse.

In a wheelchair, breathing with the aid of oxygen tanks, one of the victims told the court the story of how Gomez locked her up in a bathroom and proceeded to rape her. When the woman told a nurse what had happened, a supervisor discouraged her from notifying police. Fortunately, the nurse did not obey, and a nursing home abuse investigation was triggered.

According to the prosecutor in the trial, "What this man has done for a period of almost a decade is ... prey on Alzheimer's patients because they're forgetful and they can't remember and oftentimes they die... In 2016... he made the grave mistake of hurting the wrong woman. She was brave enough to tell, and she wouldn't be quiet until everybody listened. And because of her, that's the only reason that we are finally able to put him in prison."

Although only two victims testified at the trial, Gomez allegedly abused at least six other women not only at Brain Center, but also at other facilities in the area. As Gomez goes to prison, the Brain Center has also been held accountable. The company has already paid a six-figure fine for failing to shield residents from the threat of sexual abuse.

Because of the victims’ compromised credibility, it took a long time to remove Gomez from his nursing home job. In fact, he continued to work in the same capacity long after accusations were made.  

According to the prosecution, Gomez’s previous crimes included inappropriately touching various Alzheimer’s patients as well as a woman who didn’t suffer from Alzheimer’s but was living in a facility’s Alzheimer’s wing.

In one case, Gomez touched a woman’s breasts and asked her to marry him, she was moved to a psychiatric unit as a result of her accusations.

During the trial, one of the rape victims asked to speak to Gomez directly. After she told him that she forgave him and loved him because that is what the Bible said she must do, Gomez responded by sobbing in silence.

When she heard about the sentence, one of the victims who didn’t testify at the trial commented, "I was glad that people did believe it, and something was done about it... What he did was a lot worse than what he's paying for."

If you or a loved one are the victim of sexual assault in a nursing home, our experienced elder law attorneys can help. Call Us at 833.201.1555 Or Connect Online for a confidential, no-cost opinion of your options.

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