Investigation underway into possible sexual abuse of patients by nursing home employee

Investigation underway into possible sexual abuse of patients by nursing home employee
Richard T. Coleman is charged with sexual abuse of a co-worker at the same nursing home. (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)

LA GRANGE, KY (WAVE) - Authorities are investigating reports that a healthcare employee may have abused residents of the nursing home where he worked.

Richard T. Coleman, 41, of Georgetown, IN, was arrested August 16 by Louisville Metro Police on a warrant from Oldham County charging him with sexual abuse of a co-worker. Coleman was indicted November 10 on four counts of sexual abuse by an Oldham County Grand Jury.

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Oldham County police say the current charges against Coleman involve the same victim and happened between December 1, 2017 and May 24, 2018. At that time, Coleman was working at Friendship Manor Nursing Home.

Authorities say the new claims being investigated involve Friendship Manor residents. Other Friendship Manor employees have also reported similar incidents involving them and Coleman. Those are also under investigation.

The facility is now known as Friendship Health and Rehab. Oldham County police say they are cooperating with the investigation.

When arrested, Coleman was working at Forest Springs Health Campus in Eastern Jefferson County.

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