State Psych Center in Vegas Fined in Sex Attack

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A state psychiatric hospital in Las Vegas has been fined for not protecting a female patient who reported she was raped by a male patient in November.

Staff members at the Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital knew the alleged attacker had bipolar and anti-social personality disorders and was prone to violence, but failed to prevent him from harming others, according to a report released Thursday.

The $1,000 fine by the state Bureau of Licensure and Certification was the amount designated by Nevada law.

The report said the 33-year-old male patient had been deemed a violent risk to staff and patients at the 234-bed center, which opened two years ago.

Patients are monitored, but are not locked in rooms at Rawson-Neal, which handles people considered a danger to themselves or others.

The 45-year-old woman told facility staff members she willingly kissed the man in her room, but he then refused to stop. The man was seen leaving the woman's room and claimed they engaged in consensual sex.

Las Vegas police are investigating, and the man has not been arrested, officials said. The incident also was reported to the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Joint Commission, which monitors hospital quality.

The alleged attack was unrelated to another case reported Nov. 20 at Rawson-Neal for which the Bureau of Licensure and Certification did not impose a fine. It involved allegations that a male patient sexually assaulted his male roommate.

Harold Cook, state mental health and developmental services administrator, told the Las Vegas Sun that procedures have been put
in place to protect patients.

Rapes are rare occurrences in mental hospitals, according to Cook and other local mental health experts.

In April 2005, Cook was the administrator at the other state-run facility, Dini-Townsend Mental Hospital in Sparks, when a female patient was raped by a male patient in her room.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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