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THE SENIOR WATCHDOG: HIGH SCHOOL "CAREGIVERS' SEXUALLY ABUSE VULNERABLE NURSING HOME RESIDENTS

Posted by: Laurence Harmon on 11/12/2010

I’m mad as hell about the way our elderly population—our parents, relatives,  our senior relatives and friends—are shoved aside, tormented, victimized and abused.  Our seniors also tend to trust strangers.  They’re the easiest targets for sweepstakes scams, door-to-door flimflams, pyramid schemes and every other conceivable hoax. They’re also the most likely victims of mistreatment and brutality, often at the hands of their “loved ones.” And older Americans are less likely to complain because they’re too ashamed--or unable--to describe how they’ve been hustled or abused.

Meet Brianna Broitzman, the face of pure evil in a small-town nursing home.


Albert Lea is a forgettable little town in Southern Minnesota.  There's a Good Samaritan nursing home there.  That's where six young women, including Brianna Broitzman (pictured), worked as caregivers in an Alzheimer's unit.  Brianna, then 19, and the others found the work "boring," so they decided to have some fun. At the residents' expense.

They picked the perfect victims:  Alzheimer's sufferers.  Among other atrocities, Brianna: 

 Poked residents' breasts and genitals for the specific purpose of angering and/or sexually teasing them;

     Spit into a resident's mouth;

     Bared her naked buttocks directly in the face of a resident; and

     Frequently got together with the other defendants to talk and laugh about their escapades.

Bottom line: In December, 2008, Broitzman was charged with 11 criminal counts for abusing and sexually humiliating elderly residents suffering from Alzheimer's and dementia. 

Judgment:  Following her guilty plea, Brianna Broitzman was sentenced to 180 days in jail, 60 days of which she is now serving.  The sentencing judge, who said he was "appalled by her disregard for humanity," doubled her jail time.  

Following her sentence, she will be on probation for two years, and will be required to serve eight days of community service on each of three gross misdeameanors.  

And the lesson?  Evil can be camouflaged by a pretty face.  Helpless people--dementia sufferers, particularly--are likely targets for evil.  Even in a nursing home.  They're perfect victims, because they cannot remember, cannot complain, cannot testify about how they've been abused.  Frequent visits, especially random ones, are one way to police the conduct of "caregivers." 

We at Great Places are appalled every time a senior is a victim of a crime.  That's why we'll name names, publish mug shots and describe in detail the kinds of crimes that are committed against them.  Brianna Broitzman is only one example of the vicious criminals who specifically target helpless elders.  There are dozens--hundreds--of others like Brianna Broitzman.  THE SENIOR WATCHDOG is on the case. 

Tomorrow:  Broitzman's co-conspirator. 
       


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