Virginia Nursing Home Administrator Investigated for Ignoring Sex Abuse Reports

A Virginia nursing home administrator is under investigation for allegedly ignoring nursing home sexual abuse reports implicating an employee.

James Wright, an aide at the National Healthcare-Bristol nursing home entered an Alford Plea in January to charges that he sexually molested four former patients at the home. An Alford Plea, similar to a no-contest plea, states that the accused knows there is enough evidence to convict, but does not admit guilt. The plea is treated like a guilty plea by the courts, and Wright is currently awaiting sentencing.

In the meantime, state officials say they have turned their attention to Charlotte Wilson, the current administrator at NHC-Bristol. An informal hearing was held earlier this month accusing Wilson of ignoring reports about Wright’s activities. The Virginia Attorney General’s office is seeking to have her license revoked or suspended, according to a story in the Bristol Herald Courier.

The Virginia Board of Nursing has already reprimanded and fined former administrator Elizabeth Anne Franklin for allegedly also ignoring the reports and trying to persuade the daughter of one victim not to report the crimes. Workers at the facility stepped forward last year to say that their reports on Wright were ignored.