A Chaplain in Quincy, Illinois is in jail after allegations emerged that he had sexually assaulted at least four women, two of them residents in a nursing home. The chaplain’s sexual abuse was discovered after 15 years of suspicions finally warranted in-depth investigation by the police.
Detective Adam Gibson shared the story of the prosecution of the chaplain’s sexual abuse with Illinois’ Herald-Whig. On June 6, 2019, the Quincy Police Department received a call from the administration of the Good Samaritan Nursing Home to report that a resident had come forward with allegations of inappropriate sexual contact from the chaplain.
Over the course of the next few weeks, 58-year-old James E. Riley was brought in for four counts of sexual assault. The chaplain’s sexual abuse was found to extend back 15 years when he allegedly assaulted two young girls one under the age of 13, the other under the age of 18 between July 1, 2001, and December 6, 2003. The chaplain’s sexual abuse history also included two residents at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home, one 88 years old and the other 78 years old.
James Riley was fired and stripped of his rank. On July 11, 2019, Riley was indicted for sexual assault and was sent to Adams County Jail with a bond of $500,000.
The chaplain’s sexual abuse was a tragic occurrence at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home and it serves as a chilling reminder that residents in nursing homes are some of the most vulnerable members of society. If you or a loved one have family in the care of a nursing home, it is vital that someone maintains regular contact with them and ensures that they are being treated with dignity and respect.
For more information about signs of physical and sexual abuse in nursing home residents, visit the National Association of Nursing Home Attorney’s Physical Abuse Page.