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 abuse. Frequent visits, especially random ones, are one way to police the conduct of "caregivers."
We at Great Places are appalled by the mistreatment of our seniors. We won't be quiet when atrocities like the ones Broitzman perpetrated occur.
The SENIOR WATCHDOG is on the case.