|Sheriff John McMahon|
In 2010, Jean Swope was taken from her home and hidden from family at Wildwood Canyon Villa, an assisted living facility in San Bernardino County, CA. Wildwood kept Jean in a locked unit and told family,
She is allowed no visitors and no phone calls.Family begged the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department for help. Documents filed with the court show that sheriff’s deputies aided the abusers and threatened Jean’s family. Jean’s daughter said she was afraid to be in San Bernardino County. A family friend said he was followed.
With Jean’s death, she is no longer in danger of abuse or retaliation. However, the abusers remain at large and free to continue abusing. Jean’s daughter says she is especially concerned about the possibility that a sexual predator may continue to abuse.
On December 23, 2014, Jean’s family sent the following letter to Sheriff John McMahon.
RE: Third Request to Investigate Possible Repeated Sexual Assaults
In July 2010, we reported physical, mental, and financial abuse of my mom. SBCSD did nothing to help. Rather, a Deputy Grant Ward and a Sergeant Paul Morrison aided and abetted the abuse. My mom remained imprisoned and forcibly isolated.
In June 2011, we again reported physical and mental abuse of my mom. Captain Hamblin wrote that my mom was in a safe and well cared for state. My mom remained imprisoned and forcibly isolated.
In September 2013, I submitted excerpts of documents to Chief Bill Lenew, and I requested an investigation of possible repeated sexual assaults on my mom by a male caregiver at Wildwood Canyon Villa. Chief Lenew did not respond to my request. To our knowledge, there has been no investigation.
In August 2014, I submitted directly to you extensive evidence of physical, mental, and financial abuse, and evidence of repeated sexual assaults. To our knowledge, there has been no review of those documents and no investigation.
On November 26, 2014, we took the deposition of the male caregiver we suspect of repeatedly sexually assaulting my mom, possibly several times a week, for many months in 2011 and 2012. Our counsel asked, Did you sexually assault Carol Hahn? The deponent exercised his Fifth Amendment right to avoid self-incrimination, and he refused to answer the question. The deponent also exercised his Fifth Amendment right concerning any employment from 2007 forward. Our counsel learned that the male caregiver worked for a number of assisted living facilities and inhome care services in San Bernardino.
On December 15, 2014, I wrote to directly to you with my second request for an investigation of possible repeated sexual assaults on my mom by a male caregiver at Wildwood Canyon Villa. That letter included indicators of sexual assault that were excerpted from documents created by VITAS hospice nurse Sandra Coggins, RN. You have not responded to that letter.
This letter is my third request for an investigation of possible repeated sexual assaults on my mom by a male caregiver at Wildwood Canyon Villa. This letter includes indicators of sexual assault that were excerpted from documents created by VITAS hospice physician Victoria Rains, MD. My next letter will include indicators of sexual assault from documents created by physicians at Kaiser Fontana Emergency Room.
To our knowledge, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has not conducted any investigation into the possibility of repeated sexual assaults against my mom. To our knowledge, your Department has not taken any action to protect other vulnerable elders in San Bernardino County.Readers who suspect a loved on my have been sexually abused by a male caregiver can contact this Examiner at firstname.lastname@example.org
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