Nursing assistants arrested for abusing patients
October 8, 2011
Santa Barbara Police arrested two men who worked as nursing assistants at the Central Coast Nursing Center following allegations of elder abuse that include sexual battery. [KCLU]
Brian Michael Watt, 29, of Ventura, and Hugo Batalla Rendon, 32, of Santa Barbara were arrested in connection with separate incidents, prosecutors said. Watt is charged with three counts of elder abuse including sexual battery on an institutionalized victim stemming from a September 2010 incident. Rendon is facing four misdemeanor battery charges for acts that allegedly occurred in May of this year.
On August 25, 2011, following allegations of abuse from a volunteer who had visited residents of the facility for 28 years, the nursing home was no longer permitted to operate under its old license “because of serious violations related to quality of care and actual harm to patients,” according to the California Department of Public Health. [SantaBarbaraIndependent]
The residents weren’t turned out into the streets as Compass Health took over immediately. However, in line with the former owners following Edmund Finucane, 70, allegations of abuse, Compass Health is not permitting Finucane to visit residents of the nursing home as he has he has done for almost three decades, the Santa Barbara Independent said.