Settlement Reached in Wyngate Suit

Parties involved have reached a settlement in a civil suit alleging staff at a Weirton assisted-living facility allowed a resident to sexually molest another resident there.

Christopher Wallace, attorney for the plaintiffs, confirmed Thursday the case had been resolved confidentially prior to a hearing in Brooke County before Circuit Judge Martin Gaughan. Wallace and Avram Levicoff, attorney for Chancellor Health Partners of Columbus and Weirton Health Partners, owners of the Wyngate Senior Living Facility, both said they wouldn’t comment on the agreement because it calls for them to keep its terms confidential.

The real names of the alleged victim and the plaintiffs, the woman’s daughter and husband, weren’t listed in the suit. Instead, they were referred to as Jane, Jill and John Doe.

According to the suit, the alleged victim has Alzheimer’s disease and dementia and was groped and manipulated by another resident into having sexual contact with him around the fall of 2008.

It states staff at the assisted living facility reported the incidents but management there did nothing to stop it.

The lawsuit also alleged management failed to report the incidents to the woman’s daughter and underplayed the woman’s contact with the other resident, saying he was known to hold her hand and kiss her on the cheek.

It states the woman’s daughter didn’t learn of the incidents until she was called by a Wyngate employee, who later was fired.

Wallace was asked about rumors that Wyngate’s administrator at the time of the incidents was no longer employed there. He said he was aware of that but didn’t know if it was related to the allegations.