Sexual assault allegations at Muskogee nursing home

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Updated: 1/23/2013 11:12 am Published: 1/22/2013 4:11 pm

Muskogee police are investigating a possible sexual assault at a nursing home.

Police say a family member contacted them on January 18th and reported that he thought his mother had been sexually assaulted at Broadway Manor.

Police say this is an ongoing investigation and investigators are working to determine if a sexual assault occurred.

"We're trying to provide any evidence that would suggest she was sexually assaulted," said Lt. Bobby Lee with Muskogee police.

"Is his mother in a position to provide you with information?" asked FOX23's Frank Wiley.

"Uh, I do not know," said Lt. Lee.

Employees at Broadway Manor have been questioned by police, and facility administrator Becky Reheard says they have been cooperative.  She agreed to speak over the phone.

"Are you able to say whether employees have been let go?" asked Frank.

"No," said Reheard.

She said patient confidentiality prevented her from giving too many details but she did email a statement saying "We strive to protect our residents from harm, abuse or neglect.  When an allegation of abuse or neglect is made, we follow Oklahoma State Dept of Health protocol."

"The safety of our patients is very important," said Reheard.

FOX23 found the nursing home was last inspected in March 2012. It received a deficiency level "F." Widespread deficiencies were spotted but they did not pose immediate risks to patients.  Some examples: management of patient finances, keeping up with individual health plans and making sure patients were getting the right food.

The nursing home was ordered to monitor its practices, or else face fines or denial of Medicare/Medicaid. 

At this point, police say they're just trying to determine if abuse ever happened.

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