Lawsuit claims elderly woman raped at Arroyo Grande care facility
July 26, 2016
An employee of an Arroyo Grande nursing facility raped a 78-year-old woman at the care center last year, according to a lawsuit filed in San Luis Obispo Superior Court. Arroyo Grande police have been investigating the rape allegation since Sept. 2015. [Tribune]
Grover Beach man Mark Roppolo, the son of the alleged victim, filed the lawsuit. The suit states Roppolo’s mother was raped at the Arroyo Grande Care Center, where she was recovering from a total knee replacement operation.
The lawsuit does not name the employee who allegedly raped the woman, nor does it provide details about the alleged sexual assault. The suit does allege Arroyo Grande Care Center staff failed to monitor and adequately care for the woman, allowing the sexual assault to occur.
Compass Health Inc. owns the Arroyo Grande Care Center.
In June 2015, the alleged victim underwent the knee replacement surgery. She then started suffering from mental problems and was transferred to the Arroyo Grande Care Center. The alleged victim was housed in the nursing facility between Aug. 8 and Sept. 12.
Following the rape, the woman’s mental health further deteriorated, the lawsuit states. The woman is now living in a Santa Maria nursing home.
The suit alleges negligence, elder abuse, wilful misconduct and negligent and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Roppolo is seeking an unspecified amount of general and punitive damages, as well as reimbursement for legal costs.
Arroyo Grande Police Cmdr. Mike Martinez said there is an open investigation into the case, but the police department cannot release any details.