Former nursing assistant pleads guilty to resident rape

A former male nursing assistant has pleaded guilty to raping a female resident who has severe dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

George Sumo Kpingbah, 77, had originally pleaded not guilty in January to a charge of third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

According to a criminal complaint, a nurse was making rounds in the early morning Dec. 18, 2014, at Walker Methodist Health Center in Minneapolis. The nurse knocked on the door of the 83-year-old resident and saw Kpingbah moving in a “back and forth, thrusting motion” while standing at the edge of the elderly woman’s bed. He had removed the woman’s incontinence pad.

The Minnesota Department of Health investigated the rape in December and determined that Kpingah was responsible, not Walker Methodist. The agency noted that on the night of the rape, a nurse and two nursing assistants were on staff, typical for the unit.

A sentencing hearing for Kpingbah has been scheduled for Nov. 12. Under a guilty plea, he faces up to four years in prison.

As part of the related civil suit, Kpingbah agreed to pay $15 million to the estate of the rape survivor if he ever is convicted again of criminal sexual conduct in any other case, or is ever found liable again for the abuse or neglect of a vulnerable adult. Kpingbah also agreed to donate $2,000 to the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MCASA) as part of the civil settlement.

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Topics: Alzheimer's/Dementia , Risk Management , Staffing