A nursing assistant has been indicted on charges of assaulting and abusing an elderly Alzheimer's patient at a New Hampshire nursing home.
New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph Foster announced Wednesday that Timothy Morrissey of Manchester has been indicted by a Hillsborough County grand jury on charges of simple assault and abuse of a facility patient. Both charges are misdemeanors and carry sentences of 2 to 5 years in state prison.
The indictments allege that Morrissey, while working at Bel-Air Nursing Home in Goffstown, "knowingly caused unprivileged physical contact to a 79-year-old resident with dementia" on Oct. 31.
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He had his nursing assistant's license revoked last month after allegations surfaced that he sexually assaulted the nursing home resident, who reportedly suffers from Alzheimer's and dementia.
A co-worker allegedly walked in on Morrissey assaulting the elderly resident on the morning of Oct. 31, according to Board of Nursing documents released by the attorney general. The co-worker told Morrissey to stop, and Morrissey reportedly responded by saying, "This is the most embarrassing thing in my life."
The incident was then reported to a supervisor, who met with Morrissey. He allegedly admitted to the accusations and said, "I know it's sick - I need help."
Morrissey has been fired from his job at Bel-Air Nursing Home.
He is scheduled to be arraigned in Hillsborough County Superior Court on Dec. 18.