Nursing home worker accused of assaulting patient

April 30, 2010 3:33:01 PM PDT
A Wake County man is accused of sexually assaulting a patient at a Wake Forest rest home.Police say 42-year-old nursing assistant Michael Brodie is accused of sexually assaulting a female resident at the Wake Forest Adult Care Center.

The incident allegedly happened in February, but the victim only recently came forward.

"It was very inappropriate that's all I can say about that," Wake Forest Care Center Director Terri Allen said. "I can't really tell you what happened."

Allen says she has only worked at the center for three months and didn't hire Brodie.

There are laws regulating who can and can't work at adult care facilities. The Wake Forest Adult Care Center hasn't violated the rules, but a criminal background check may do very little to protect residents.

Allen says the center did a background check, but they didn't find what the ABC11 Eyewitness News I-Team investigation found -- that this isn't Brodie's first brush with the law.

His most recent offense in 2008 was a traffic violation, but his rap sheet also includes misdemeanor simple assault and an assault with a deadly weapon charge dating back to 1986.

"You don't hire anybody with a felony, you try not hire anybody that's got an assault, you have to be real careful he had nothing that I knew of," Allen said.

State officials tell ABC11 the law only requires rest homes to conduct background checks. The state also keeps a registry of healthcare workers accused of neglect and abuse.

In Brodie's case, there were no red flags, according to the law. So it's up to private center's like the Wake Forest center to decide who to hire.

Allen says the alleged victim is okay, but she fired Brodie after an internal investigation. She says it was an unexpected decision along with the surprising allegation against one of her most trusted employees.

"We could depend on him for anything this was way out of character," Allen said.

Brodie is currently in jail and scheduled to appear in court next month.

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