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Legal Loophole Puts Florida Nursing Home Patients At Risk

Legal Loophole Puts Florida Nursing Home Patients At Risk

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According to media reports, Falo Kane, a certified nursing assistant who admitted to sexually abusing six elderly women in his care at four Pinellas County health care facilities, was able to continue working due to a legal loophole. Despite being previously arrested multiple times for sexual abuse, Kane was not only allowed to keep his license…it wasn’t even publicly flagged. 

Florida Law states that licensed health care practitioners are required to report all sexual abuse allegations to the Department of Health. Kane’s file, however, only noted multiple complaints made against him dating back to 2016. In an email from Florida Department of the Health (FDOH), a spokesperson said that while the statute requires reporting an allegation, it also states that unless or until probable cause is found regarding a complaint, then that complaint to the Department of Health never becomes public record – even if an arrest is made.

Kane ultimately admitted to sexually battering two elderly women in 2016, and four more in March, August and September of 2019. According to the arrest reports, he preyed on patients, attacking the elderly women while in their most vulnerable states. His record was clean because, even while he was under investigation for multiple allegations: “An arrest or waiting for trial is not evidence of wrongdoing and our statues recognize this by providing that only a conviction or plea is actionable.”

In December 2019, Kane’s license was finally revoked by the board.  Kane passed multiple employment background checks because his plea didn’t show up because of a loophole in the law. In 2018, Kane was charged under a certain section that would only flag him if his crime included a minor.  If he had been charged under different sections which included a disabled adult, his plea would have been flagged. 

Facilities in which Kane has sexually assaulted patients include Mease Countryside Hospital, Advanced Care Center, Clearwater Center, Comprehensive Health Care Facility and Glen Oaks Health and Rehabilitation Center. 

Healthcare facilities have an obligation to make sure their providers are helping, not harming their patients. Someone who sexually violates elderly people has no place working in the nursing field. Any facility in which such a crime is committed must take responsibility for failing to properly screen potential employees and protect its patients.

Horowitz Law represents victims who were sexually abused in healthcare facilities.  If you or a loved one was sexually abused, raped or sexually molested by a certified nursing assistant, nurse, doctor or health care practitioner or administator, contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.

Clearwater Nursing Assistant Confesses to Sexually Assaulting Six Elderly Women in His Care

Clearwater Nursing Assistant Confesses to Sexually Assaulting Six Elderly Women in His Care

Falo Kane, a 32-year old certified nursing assistant in Florida, has admitted to sexually assaulting six elderly women in his care, at four health care facilities in the Pinellas County area.  According to Clearwater law enforcement records, earlier this month, Kane admitted to sexually  assaulting two elderly women in 2016, and four more elderly women in March, August and September of 2019. 

Clearwater police said they were made aware of the incidents when one facility reported the assault of a patient. Before Falo Kane was booked into the Pinellas County Jail, he wrote an apology letter addressed to four victims. It was then detectives learned of three more assaults involving two additional victims at Advanced Care Center on August 31. Kane is now being held without bail on seven counts of sexual battery of a physically helpless person, and a charge of violating probation from a prior arrest as a patient care technician at Mease Countryside Hospital in May 2018. 

According to the arrest reports, Kane preyed on the patients he was hired to help care for, attacking the women while in their most vulnerable states. He assaulted one woman while changing her adult diapers, and another while bathing her. He also sexually assaulted a disoriented patient after she took the sleep sedative Ambien. In some cases, he forced them to perform oral sex. Police said that in two of the cases, he assaulted a woman who was in a wheelchair and another woman who was left disabled by a stroke. To determine if there are other victims, Clearwater detectives said they are checking with other facilities and private families Kane may have worked for in the past. Facilities in which Kane has allegedly sexually assaulted patients include Mease Countryside Hospital, Advanced Care Center, Clearwater Center, Comprehensive Health Care Facility and Glen Oaks Health and Rehabilitation Center. 

Healthcare facilities have an obligation to make sure their providers are helping, not harming their patients. Someone who sexually violates elderly people has no place working in the nursing field. Any facility in which such a crime is committed must take responsibility for failing to properly screen potential employees.

Horowitz Law represents victims who were sexually abused in a healthcare facility.  If you or a loved one was sexually abused, raped or sexually molested by a certified nursing assistant, nurse, doctor or health care administrator, contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.