November 27, 2015
A senior citizen with dementia and Parkinson's disease sued a Sonoma skilled nursing facility after she was sexually assaulted by a nurse assistant who worked there.
Sonoma Acres nurse assistant Jody Thomason was arrested in 2006,
after blocking a door to the elderly woman's room and sexually
Thomason pleaded guilty to one county of lewd and lascivious acts on a dependent, and he was given a three-year suspended sentence after accepting a plea bargain.
The victim, who filed the suit through her husband accuses Sonoma Acres of negligent hiring for employing Thomason.
The suit claims Thomason has a history of similar crimes.
An attorney for Sonoma Acres said Thomason's state certificate was valid and a criminal background check showed no convictions.
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