Suit: Background check failure led to Kansas patient's rape


A Kansas assisted living facility is accused in a lawsuit of failing to vet staff and turning a blind eye while a woman with dementia was sexually assaulted. The Wichita Eagle reports that the suit alleges that administrators at Mapleton Assisted Living facility waited six months to perform a background check on the former worker charged with raping the woman. That meant they didn’t know the certified nursing assistant had a sexual battery conviction and that the Kansas Board of Healing Arts decided in 2008 to restrict his solo contact with female patients. The Wichita Eagle reports that the suit said administrators also took steps to dissuade an investigation, including discouraging a sexual assault exam. No one from Mapleton returned a phone message from The Eagle.