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Former Bristol nursing home aide indicted on sexual battery charge

Staff Report • Aug 26, 2009 at 12:00 AM

According to a report by the Bristol Herald Courier, a former nursing aide at National HealthCare nursing home in Bristol, Va. has been indicted on four counts of aggravated sexual battery.Each count against James W. Wright, 35, stems from the investigation into the treatment of a different patient from 2000 to 2007. He is being held without bond at the Bristol, Va. Jail.

Patricia Davenport, a former nurse at the facility, is now a witness for the attorney general's office in the case. The Herald Courier quotes her saying the first instance of abuse she saw was when she looked into a patient's room and saw a woman with her shirt and bra shoved high on her chest. A nurse’s aide was standing behind the woman's wheelchair reaching around to fondle her breasts. “She just looked at you like ... she was so confused and hurt.”Davenport told the Herald Courier, that the abuse was not a secret among nursing home staff. “When I talked to the rest of [the nurses], they said this has been going on for years."

A Nashville Scene report says Wright's co-workers were bewildered by what they describe as management's lackadaisical attitude toward their allegations. Many left in disgust. Wright only resigned in 2007, several months after a Bristol police investigation of the home. Det. DeeDra Branson, the officer in charge, refused to say what that inquiry revealed.

CLICK HERE for the full Herald Courier report.

CLICK HERE for the full Nashville Scene report.

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