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Nurse admits covering up sexual abuse, neglect at Herkimer nursing home

Syracuse, N.Y. — A nurse has pleaded guilty to covering up sexual abuse and neglect at a nursing home in Herkimer County.

The guilty plea by Nicolle Wagner-Stinson, former director of Mohawk Valley Health Care Center in Ilion, to two counts of tampering with evidence was announced by state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman.

“The neglect shown by senior leadership at this facility is shocking,” Schneiderman said in a prepared statement.

Wagner-Stinson, 40, of Fort Plain, admitted to destroying a witness statement which described a sexual assault incident between two nursing home residents and concealing medical records to cover up patient neglect.

Wagner-Stinson also admitted she concealed a patient’s medication administration record from the state Health Department which was evidence of Mohawk’s failure to provide doctor ordered medication to that patient.

The guilty pleas stems from a May indictment of Wagner-Stinson and others, including the company that operates the nursing home and other officials of the facility. Charges are pending against other defendants.

Wagner-Stinson pleaded guilty in Herkimer County Court. She could receive up to four years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 1.

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