FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 17, 1999
Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that a former Baltimore City nursing home resident pleaded guilty to two counts of third degree sexual offense for sexually assaulting two vulnerable adult nursing home residents at Lorien Nursing & Rehabilitation Center-Frankford. At the time of the assaults, defendant Keith A. Lewis, 45, was residing at Lorien-Frankford after the Baltimore City Circuit Court issued a compassionate release order releasing him from the Baltimore City Detention Center to the nursing home because of a medical condition. Lewis had been incarcerated at the Baltimore City Detention Center pending charges for an unrelated sexual assault.
Judge Paul A. Smith of the Circuit Court for Baltimore City sentenced Lewis to 5 years incarceration in the Division of Corrections. Judge Smith suspended all but 2½ years of Lewis' sentence and ordered that Lewis register as a sex offender and that Lewis be placed on 5 years probation at the completion of his sentence.
According to facts presented in court, on June 13, 1999, a housekeeper at the nursing home saw Lewis sexually fondling a 95-year-old nursing home resident. The housekeeper reported the incident to management, and Lewis was placed on a 24-hour watch by the nursing home. Two days later another nursing home employee saw Lewis sexually fondling an 84-year-old nursing home resident. Both victims are senile and unable to communicate.
"This kind of abuse of vulnerable, helpless persons is despicable," said Attorney General Curran. "Mr. Lewis took advantage of his placement for medical treatment to hurt others."
This case was prosecuted by Attorney General Curran's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, which has authority to investigate and prosecute vulnerable adult abuse in Medicaid-funded facilities.