The state Department of Public Health has fined the owners of an East Windsor nursing home $10,000 for failing to protect the safety of their residents and staff when they admitted a 50-year-old registered sex offender from Massachusetts who allegedly tried to sexually assault a nurse.
The incident occurred on May 19, when Miguel _____, a convicted rapist and a registered sex offender in Massachusetts with a warrant out for his arrest at that time, allegedly locked a female employee in his room at the Fresh River Healthcare nursing home and tried to force her to perform oral sex.
DPH investigators’ 88-page report includes an interview with the nurse and reports other incidents when Miguel _____had made sexual suggestions or threats against staff in the month he had been there — and in one instance was caught looking at pornography on a computer in a nurse’s office.
In the weeks before the alleged attack, Miguel _____had threatened to “choke someone out” and warned staff he “wasn’t someone to be f… with,” the report states.
DPH investigators visited Fresh River on June 14, the same day that the CT Mirror published a story about Miguel _____ and the alleged assault.
Miguel _____was arrested later that month and charged with attempted first-degree sexual assault, third-degree sexual assault and first-degree unlawful restraint. He was extradited back to Connecticut and is being held on $300,000 bail. His next court appearance is Nov. 6.
The 50-year-old Miguel _____wasn’t known to local police because of a loophole in Connecticut’s sex offender laws, which do not require nursing home operators to inform state police when they admit a registered sex offender from another state into one of their facilities.
The law currently places the burden on the sex offender themselves to register. Several Republican lawmakers have said that they will propose legislation in the next session to close the loophole. It was too late to do so in the last legislative session.