A man in Watertown, Wisconsin has been arrested after he was accused of
sexually assaulting multiple residents at a nursing home facility.
According to the
Beaver Dam Daily Citizen, Thomas R. Spiess was charged last week with two counts of fourth degree
sexual assault and two counts of intentionally subjecting an individual
at risk to abuse – not causing or not likely to cause bodily harm.
Spiess worked at the Golden Living Center in Watertown. If convicted, he
faces up to two years in prison. In order to bond out of custody, Speiss
was ordered not visit any nursing homes or assisted living centers unless
he is visiting a direct relative.
According to a complaint, officers were called to the facility on July
13 after two women, a 67-year-old and an 84-year-old, told aides that
Spiess kissed them and touched their breasts. Two other residents reported
similar stories, according to the
Initially, Spiess denied touching the women, but later he allegedly changed
his story saying that he touched them because the women liked it and it
was a sign of affection. He allegedly described the touching as “affectionate
Sexual abuse, as well as physical, mental or emotional abuse, is unacceptable
at nursing homes. Many residents lack the ability to communicate when
they are uncomfortable, while countless have physical limitations that
make unwanted advances impossible to fend off.
Nursing homes have a duty to fully screen staff members and volunteers,
and provide residents with a safe environment. If you have a loved one
that has been sexually assaulted in a nursing home,
contact our firmtoll free at 888-699-1152 for a free consultation.
Rockland County nursing home attorney Jeffrey M. Adams and his legal team believe that assisted living facilities owe residents
safe, secure and protective facilities.