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CNA accused of sexually assaulting Alzheimer's patient at Minocqua facilitySubmitted: 03/22/2019
CNA accused of sexually assaulting Alzheimer's patient at Minocqua facility
Story By Lane Kimble

MINOCQUA - A certified nursing assistant who just received his license stands accused of sexually assaulting an elderly patient with dementia in Minocqua.

Jacob Schlosser, 18, was charged with two counts of second-degree sexual assault in Oneida County Court on Thursday.

According to the criminal complaint, Schlosser inappropriately touched the 80-year-old patient while bathing the patient. Schlosser also allowed the patient to masturbate him through his pants.

A report on the incident from the Minocqua Police Department shows someone Schlosser knows tipped officers off to what happened.  The witness told police Schlosser told her about what happened, adding he didn't think the patient would remember it because of the Alzheimer's.


The complaint does not say where Schlosser worked, but court records show he is not allowed to go on the Avanti Health and Rehabilitation property in Mincoqua. A source confirmed to Newswatch 12 Schlosser did work for Avanti.

Newswatch 12 spoke with Avanti manager Joe Simonich on Friday morning.  Simonich said he couldn't comment due to the case being an ongoing investigation. The manager added, "[Schlosser] is not an employee now."

Simonich followed up with an emailed statement late Friday afternoon.

"We are shocked and disgusted at the alleged, abhorrent conduct detailed in the police report, and we take this matter very, very seriously," the Avanti spokesman said.

"This employee had his background checked and was licensed by the state and cleared our supplementary background check. Nothing indicated that there should be a concern for this employee. This is the first time we have ever had an incident like this, and while we have training programs and security steps in place to protect all of our residents, we will review them to make sure something like this never happens again." (Avanti's full statement is pasted below)
  
Minocqua police and a Vilas County Sheriff's deputy interviewed Schlosser at his home in Arbor Vitae. Schlosser told police he was giving the patient a bath when, "the resident got a little bit weird."

Schlosser told officers the patient moved his hand onto the victim's genitals and that the victim then touched Schlosser's genitals.  Schlosser admitted to officers he was aware the resident "could not give consent... due to the patient's extreme dementia."

A police interview with the victim revealed the patient did not know what year it was, who the president is, or their own age.

According to the complaint and verified through online state records, Schlosser received his CNA license March 4, 2019. It is valid through March 31, 2021.  Simonich told officers Schlosser had not had patient contact prior to his certification outside of handing out snacks and water.

Schlosser faces up to 80 years in prison, if convicted. He is free on a $5,000 signature bond and cannot do any CNA work during this time.

Full statement from Avanti spokesman Joe Simonich:

"We are shocked and disgusted at the alleged, abhorrent conduct detailed in the police report, and we take this matter very, very seriously. We pledge our full cooperation as law enforcement reviews this incident. 

We will provide appropriate support for the victim and her family as this process moves forward. The employee has been terminated pending the legal process, and we have begun our own internal review into the alleged incident.  

This employee had his background checked and was licensed by the state and cleared our supplementary background check. Nothing indicated that there should be a concern for this employee.  

This is the first time we have ever had an incident like this, and while we have training programs and security steps in place to protect all of our residents, we will review them to make sure something like this never happens again.
 
The team at Avanti is made up of wonderful, caring people with strong connections to the community and a commitment to doing the right thing. We are committed to providing the finest quality care to those who are entrusted to us. We won't let the alleged behavior of one person define who we are."


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