Male nurse charged with sexually assaulting 81-year-old woman at Homewood senior facility –

Paul Mirauri

Paul Mirauri (Jefferson County Jail)

A former nurse at a Homewood senior care facility is behind bars after police say he sexually abused an 81-year-old resident.

Paul Ngatia Mirauri, 56, is charged with one count of first-degree sexual abuse. Mirauri, who lists a Pleasant Grove address, was featured as wanted last week on Crime Stoppers.

He surrendered to the Jefferson County Jail Thursday. Records show he was booked in at 8:33 a.m. and released at 9:27 a.m. after posting $15,000 bond.

The sexual assault happened about 8 p.m. on Aug. 20, 2021, at Brookdale University Park off Lakeshore Parkway, according to Homewood police.

Investigators said the disabled resident was in her bed when she was reportedly fondled by a male employee. They identified that employee as Mirauri.

According to the Alabama Board of Nursing, Mirauri became a licensed practical nurse in 2013 and his license is now revoked.

The victim and her family are represented by Craig Lowell and Patrick Pantazis of Wiggins, Childs, Pantazis, Fisher & Goldfarb.

“I think I speak for the entire community when I say that sexual assault assault and abuse of our grandmothers is not acceptable at all,’’ Lowell said. “When it occurs in a nursing home or assisted living facility that people trust with the care of their elders, it’s got to be rooted out and stopped. The only way to enforce that is to get people to take action.”

“Brookdale is not just a local entity. It’s a large entity and it’s in most states in the U.S.,’’ Lowell said. “They take care of thousands of grandparents. There’s a long history with Brookdale. This is not the first time they’ve faced this problem.”

Lowell said the alleged abuse happened more than once. Brookdale did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

“The family is very dismayed by what happened there,’’ Lowell said. “They moved (the victim) from the facility immediately. Hopefully with this arrest and the action we’ll be taking, this won’t happen again.”

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