Not guilty pleas in nursing home abuse case

HAZARD, Ky. (AP) - The owner of an eastern Kentucky nursing home and its top administrator pleaded not guilty to failing to report an accusation that a patient had been sexually abused.

Sheila Noe and Forcht Group of Kentucky, parent company of Hazard Nursing Home, entered the pleas Monday in Perry District Court.

Attorney General Jack Conway had filed the charges in August, saying Noe did not report the suspected abuse to the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services as is required. The charge is punishable by up to 90 days in jail and $250 in fines.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the case involved the suspected sexual abuse of 88-year-old Mae Campbell, who has Alzheimer's disease. Neither the Herald-Leader nor The Associated Press normally identifies victims of sexual abuse, but Campbell's family granted permission to do so.

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