John Riems, a former night-shift nurse at various Ohio nursing homes has entered a guilty plea to multiple counts of sexual battery and sexual imposition. Judge Tygh Tone handed down the sentence that was agreed to by both the prosecutor and the attorney for Riems. In January, authorities obtained a videotaped confession of Riems where he admitted to sexually abusing about 100 residents at multiple nursing homes since the 1980’s. Most of Riem’s victims suffered from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Joe Bilgen, whose father was a victim, said Riems’ crimes were similar to child abuse because most of the patients had similar states of mind.
Read the Nursing Home Law Center LLC Blog’s earlier entry on this nursing home abuse here.
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