Alternative sentence for man who assaulted nursing home worker

If he can behave for another few days, a Perkins man convicted of assaulting a nurse in June will be off the hook.
Associated Press
Oct 6, 2012

Court records show Martin Hogan, 78, pleaded no contest to a single count of assault in July. He initially pleaded not guilty.

On June 12, Hogan grabbed Parkvue Health Care Center employee Collette Yontz’s hand and clamped down. The assault happened while Yontz worked with another nurse to lift Hogan’s wife, a nursing home client, into a bed.

Yontz told police Hogan wouldn’t let go of her, and she had to physically removed his hand.  

After the Register reported on the incident, calls streamed in from residents on both sides.

Members from Hogan’s church described him as a “professional gentleman” devoted to his ailing wife. They said the whole thing was ridiculous.  

Others, including nursing home employees, said it wasn’t the first time Hogan had a run-in with staff.  

After he pleaded to the charge in July, a judge sentenced  Hogan to 75 days of diversion. In other words, the assault charge will disappear from his record as long as he doesn’t get in trouble before his sentence expires.

Hogan paid $92 in court costs and $50 a month for diversion program fees.

Comments

luvblues2

This is really getting out of hand. I can name just a few cases of nursing staff getting out of hand in my wife's previous condition. This is not all the fault of the patient nor the family or nurses or assistants. There has to be some middle ground. I really would rather not name the places that I know my wife had bad treatment nor the people involved. If you are not suited for this environment, do not assume to take it up for the money. That isn't what it's about.

kURTje

Old does not always make one right. Wrong is always wrong no matter what age & who the actions are directed at. Knowing some that had their driving rights removed (medical reasons) & seeing them STILL drive, it made me upset. Some old people are like spoiled children & unwise.

just plain disgusted

Since reading some of these comments I have to leave my own comment since I have witnessed incidents with this person. He has assaulted more than 1 staff member, screams and cusses in staffs face over insignificant things among other things I will not post here. He also had 2 restraining orders against him due to his behavior towards staff. Basically staff was told to put up with it because of his payer status. To the ones who assume the nurse did something wrong obviously you have never worked in long term care and work short staffed under high stress situations and have to put up with abuse from unreasonable family members. There is a big difference when the abuse comes from a resident we tolerate that we understand they are not in the right frame of mind or are unhappy they have been put in a nursing home but there is no reason for a family member to put their hands on staff members ever!

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