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Sexual Assault Alleged at Taylorsville Nursing Home: Male nurse jailed; bond is $10,000

There are 123 comments on the Charlotte.com story from Jan 8, 2008, titled Sexual Assault Alleged at Taylorsville Nursing Home: Male nurse jailed; bond is $10,000. In it, Charlotte.com reports that:

A nurse charged with sexual battery and assaulting a handicapped patient at a Taylorsville nursing home last week made his first appearance in court Monday.

Robert Francis Walsh, 56, of Lenoir was charged Thursday with assault on a female, sexual battery and assault on a handicapped person, all misdemeanors, said Detective Sgt. Lisa Johnson of the Taylorsville Police Department.

Walsh, a nurse who has worked at Valley Nursing Center in Taylorsville for about four years, was being held at the Alexander County jail Monday. Bond has been set at $10,000 Read more

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Theresa LPN

Brazil

#1 Jan 10, 2008
I HAVE WORKED SIDE BY SIDE WITH MR. WALSH FOR 3 YEARS. I WAS A CO WORKER, AND A SUPERVISOR TO THIS NURSE. HE IS A FAMILY MAN. HE HAS BOTH CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN. I HAVE NEVER KNOWN MR. WALSH TO BE ABUSIVE TO ANY RESIDENT LET ALONE ABUSIVE IN THE CAPACITY OF WHICH HE HAS BEEN CHARGED. HE IS ALWAYS THE FIRST ONE THERE TO HELP IN AN EMERGENCY. HE WILL GO THE EXTRA MILE TO HELP THOSE HE CARES FOR AND THOSE HE WORKS WITH. I THINK ITS UNFORTUNATE THAT THIS HAS HAPPENED. ANY TIME THERE IS AN ALLEGATION MADE AGAINST A NURSE THE NURSE WILL SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES FOR YEARS TO COME, EVEN IF THEY ARE FOUND INNOCENT OF ALL THE CHARGES. I WOULD HOPE THAT THIS MAN GETS A FAIR TRIAL...CHANCES ARE HE WILL NOT.....AND THAT TOO IS UNFORTUNATE.....I WOULD TESTIFY ON HIS BEHALF AS A CHARACTER WITNESS...I FIND HIM TO BE A CONSCIENTOUS AND CARING NURSE AND CERTAINLY IN MY OPINION NOT CAPABLE OF THE TYPE OF ABUSE THAT HE HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH...IN THE END I PRAY THAT HIS NAME WILL BE CLEARED.
THERESA LPN

Brazil

#2 Jan 10, 2008
OH PLZ....THIS WOMAN CAN'T SPEAK OR WALK, BUT SHE CAN ACCUSE A MAN OF FORCING HER TO CARESS HIM...AND THE HUSBAND CAN CHARGE THIS MAN WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT AND MAKE IT STICK???????? AND WHAT PROOF IS THERE?????????? DO WE LIVE IN MAYBERRY? C'MON...THE FIRST DAY AT THE FACILITY..THE WOMAN IS TRACHED AND VENTED...THE FAMILY DISTRAUGHT....SOUNDS TO ME LIKE THEY WANT TO BLAME SOMEONE, AND GET COMPENSATED FOR THEIR SUFFERING...AND WHAT BETTER WAY IS THERE THAN TO CRY SEXUAL ASSAULT ON A MALE NURSE.....LAWSUITS WILL FLY AGAINST THE FACILITY AND THEY WILL INDEED BE COMPENSATED....WHATS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?????????? SOUNDS TO ME LIKE SOMEONE SHOULD OPEN THEIR EYES, AND STOP THIS BEFORE IT GETS OUT OF CONTROL....A MAN JUST LOST HIS LIVLIHOOD, AND BY WHOM, A WOMAN WHO CAN'T SPEAK OR WALK, AND A HUSBAND WITH A VIVID IMAGINATION...NICE SOCIETY WE LIVE IN.
Concerned person

Wake Forest, NC

#3 Jan 23, 2008
I have a hard time believing the accusation. I have worked with Bob too. What did Bob plead?
THERESA

Brazil

#4 Jan 25, 2008
Concerned person wrote:
I have a hard time believing the accusation. I have worked with Bob too. What did Bob plead?
NOT GUILTY....WHERE DID U WORK WITH BOB? NEVER MIND...I FIND THESE ACCUSATIONS TO BE SO FAR FETCHED AND SO OUT OF CHARACTER FOR MR. WALSH. THIS MAN AT ONE TIME HELD TWO FULL TIME NURSING POSITIONS. HE WAS RELIABLE, DEPENDABLE, AND AVAILABLE TO HIS CLIENTS AND CO WORKERS. I COULD RELY ON BOB TO BE THERE IF I NEEDED HELP, TO RESPOND QUICKY AND TO PROVIDE CONSCIENTOUS CARE TO THOSE ENTRUSTED IN HIS CARE. HE'S BEEN A NURSE A LONG TIME, AND HAS NO PREVIOUS HISTORY AND APPARANENTLY NO CRIMINAL HISTORY, OR LETS FACE IT HE WOULDN'T BE WORKING AS A NURSE...WE ARE SCREENED UPON EMPLOYMENT...FINGERPRINTS THE WHOLE NINE YARDS....AND NO ONE WILL EVER CONVINCE ME THAT HE JUST SUDDENLY WENT OFF HIS ROCKER, AND ASSAULTED A MUTE VENT PATIENT. I JUST DON'T BELIEVE IT....AND I'D TELL IT TO A JUDGE AND A JURY ON HIS BEHALF....HE'S BEING RAILROADED, AND I JUST HOPE HE CLEARS HIS NAME.
valdese43

Statesville, NC

#5 Jan 30, 2008
I'm on the other side of the fence, hard to believe the Sheriff would put him in jail over something that's not true. How long has he been nursing? Why would someone make up a story like that against him?
denver

Charlotte, NC

#6 Jan 30, 2008
they put innocent people in jail all the time. our system sucks that way.
hickory nc

Charlotte, NC

#7 Jan 31, 2008
i know bob as well. great guy. wonderful nurse. can't beleive this ever.
Concerned person

Wake Forest, NC

#8 Feb 4, 2008
No libel here, but the nursing home in question has not had a good reputation. They have accused other people of misconduct that I know would have never hurt anyone. It's like a witch hunt. Well, if Bob is guilty, he needs to be punished. But if he is not guilty, I wish him a fair trial and the best.
hickory nc

Charlotte, NC

#9 Feb 4, 2008
i agree with concerned person.
Concerned person

Wake Forest, NC

#10 Feb 6, 2008
Does anyone know when Bob's trial will be?
hickory nc

Charlotte, NC

#11 Feb 7, 2008
02/11/08 you can look under nc court dockets and put in county and name and it will show you the dates and charges
THERESA

Brazil

#12 Feb 8, 2008
THE PSYCOLOGICAL STRUCTURE OF A FAMILY IN DISTRESS SHOULD NEVER BE UNDERESTIMATED. THESE PEOPLE DEAL WITH A LOT OF EMOTION. AND WHEN A FAMILY MEMBER IS IN A HOME, THERE IS A LOT OF GUILT, AND THEN THERE'S ANGER THAT THE PERSON IS SICK TO BEGIN WITH. THESE FAMILY MEMBERS WILL OFTEN ACT OUT THESE EMOTIONS AND CRY ABUSE TO THE STATE, AND THEN THE STATE COMES IN, AND CHECKS OUT ALL COMPLAINTS. MOST ARE UNSUBSTANTIATED. AND THE STATE LEAVES, AND THE FAMILY GOES ON TO FIND ANOTHER COMPLAINT AND THE CYCLE CONTINUES. MANY LOOK FOR REASONS TO SUE...THEY WANT TO BE COMPENSATED FOR THEIR PAIN AND SUFFERING. AND SOME JUST DON'T CARE WHO THEY HURT.....BOB WENT TO JAIL BECAUSE OF THE NATURE OF THE COMPLAINT. PLAIN AND SIMPLE....BUT AT THIS POINT HE'S STILL INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY...THATS OUR JUDICIAL SYSTEMS CLAIM....NOT ALL WHO ARE CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT ARE GUILTY. SOME ARE INNOCENT AND STILL DO TIME. THE SHERIFF DIDN'T NEED PROOF TO ARREST HIM, HE JUST NEEDED AN ALLEGATION...HE HAD THAT, AND THAT IS WHY HE WAS JAILED. NOT BECAUSE THERE WAS ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO ARREST HIM...JUST THAT THERE WAS A CHARGE AGAINST HIM THAT WAS AN ARRESTABLE CHARGE. REMEMBER HE DIDN'T CARESS HER, SHE OR HER HUSBAND CLAIMED SHE WOKE UP TO HIM FORCING HER TO CARESS HIM. WELL IF ANY ONE HAS EVER BEEN TO THAT HOME, AND SEEN THE VENT UNIT AND HOW ITS STRUCTURED, THEY WOULD KNOW THAT ITS A DIFFICULT THING TO DO...FIRST OF ALL, THE NURSE ON DUTY IS NOT ALONE. HE HAS 2 CNA'S AND A RESP THERAPIST. THE DOORS ARE ALWAYS OPEN, THE CNA'S OFTEN DO ROUNDS WITH THE NURSE, AND THE BEDS ARE USUALLY IN THE HIGH POSITION, AND MR. WALSH IS SHORT, SO IF THIS BED WAS HIGH, AND HE'S SHORT, THIS WOMAN WHOSE CONFINED BY NUMEROUS TUBES ETC, WOULD HAVE TO HAVE A MIGHTY LONG ARM, TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT....NOT ONLY THAT, BUT HER UPPER BODY AGILITY WAS COMPROMISED. SHE COULDN'T SPEAK AND SHE COULDN'T WALK, WHICH TELLS ME THAT HER UPPER BODY STRENGHT WAS WEAK TOO...NOT TO FORGET THE CONFINEMENT BY THE NUMEROUS TUBES THAT SHE NEEDED FROM THE VENT, THEY WOULD BE CUMBERSOME TO GET AROUND...THE STORY HAS HOLES IN IT A MILE DEEP...AND I DON'T BELIEVE THE ALLEGATION AT ALL. I KNOW MR. WALSH. I KNOW HIS FAMILY. I HAVE MET HIS CHILDREN AND GRAND CHILDREN AND I HAVE SEEN HIM IN BOTH CAPACITY'S...AS A NURSE, I'D WORK WITH HIM ANY DAY OF THE WEEK. AS A FAMILY MAN THEY DON'T COME MUCH BETTER....HE'S A GREAT GUY, A GOOD NURSE, AND I HOPE HE GETS HIS NAME CLEARE.
Concerned person

Wake Forest, NC

#13 Feb 8, 2008
I have worked at the Nursing Home in question, and I know the routine of the unit that Bob was working when the alleged incident happened. It is scary to think that anyone can accuse someone of anything. I will be praying for Bob, and I want him to know that those that believe in him will stand behind him 100%. I will be keeping my eyes open for any news stories.
THERESA

Brazil

#14 Feb 8, 2008
I AM SO HAPPY TO HEAR THAT PEOPLE BELIEVE IN BOB. I KNOW I DO...THE FACILITY IN QUESTION HAS A HISTORY OF PATIENTS CRYING SEXUAL ASSAULT. THIS IS NOT THE FIRST TIME, NOR WILL IT BE THE LAST. IT IS THE FIRST TIME FOR BOB....BUT THE ADMINISTRATOR HAS BEEN DOWN THIS ROAD BEFORE...UNFORTUNATELY PEOPLE DO THESE KINDS OF THINGS ALL THE TIME...AND UNFORTUNATELY INNOCENT GOOD PEOPLE GET CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE. AND THIS TIME IT HURT SOMEONE I THINK HIGHLY OF. I ALSO STAND BEHIND HIM 100 PERCENT. AND I'M HOPING AND PRAYING HIS GOOD NAME WILL BE CLEARED.
THERESA

Brazil

#15 Feb 9, 2008
YA KNOW I WAS JUST WONDERING WHAT KIND OF A PAST DOES THIS WOMAN HAVE????????? HAS SHE EVER ACCUSED ANY ONE IN HER PAST OF SEXUAL ABUSE, HAS SHE EVER BEEN INVOLVED IN A SEX ABUSE CASE OR RAPE CASE, WHATEVER.....DOES SHE HAVE A HISTORY? I THINK THATS WORTH LOOKING INTO....PEOPLE ARE JUST PLAIN CRUEL...AND IN TODAY'S SOCIETY THEY ARE JUST PLAIN NUTS TOO......I THINK SHE SHOULD BE INVESTIGATED TOO....A MAN'S LIVLIHOOD IS AT STAKE....HIS REPUTATION, AND I AM NOT SAYING THAT IF HE'S GUILTY HE SHOULD GET OFF. NO ONE SHOULD. BUT I BELIEVE IN HIS INNOCENCE, AND I BELIEVE THAT HIS POTENTIAL INNOCNENCE SHOULD BE CONSIDERED, AND PROTECTED TOO....HAS ANYONE LOOKED INTO WHAT KIND OF HISTORY THIS WOMAN MAY HAVE HAD?????????? IF MR. WALSH HAS A GOOD LAWYER, I'M SURE THE LAWYER WILL LOOK INTO THAT. ATLEAST I HOPE HE WOULD....
hickory nc

Charlotte, NC

#16 Feb 11, 2008
has anyone heard any thing about the court case today, if so what happen????
hickory nc

Charlotte, NC

#17 Feb 12, 2008
HEY DOES ANYONE KNOW ANYTHING ELSE ABOUT THIS CASE. I TRULEY DON'T BELEIVE BOB DID ANY OF THIS. GREAT GUY, WONDERFUL CARING NURSE. WAS ONE OF THE BEST AT VALLEY NURSING CENTER.
THERESA

Brazil

#18 Feb 14, 2008
NO I HAVEN'T HEARD A WORD ABOUT THE COURT CASE. I HOPE IT WENT WELL...I AGREE WITH YOU ABOUT BOB. HE IS A GREAT GUY AND A CARING NURSE....I WILL KEEP HIM IN MY PRAYERS.....
hickory nc

Charlotte, NC

#19 Feb 14, 2008
his new court date is 3-10-08 but i don't know what happen if anything this past court date. we are all praying for him and hoping he will be proven to have not done this. god bless them all.
FRIEND OF BOBS

Mooresville, NC

#20 Feb 14, 2008
JUST LET ME TELL YOU, I WAS A CNA AT VALLEY FOR 1 YEAR ON THEIR VENT UNIT. I WORKED WITH BOB THIS WHOLE TIME. I HAVE NEVER MET A MAN WITH MORE CARE FOR PEOPLE THAN HIM. HE CARES FOR EVERYONE IN HIS CONTACT. VALLEY NURSING CENTER NEEDS TO BE CLOSED!! I DO NOT SEE HOW IT HAS BEEN OPEN THIS LONG. THE ADMINISTRATOR IS AS CROOKED AS A SNAKE! MORE NEGLIGANCE FROM PATIENT CARE AND STOLEN MEDS TO DRUG DIVERSION GOES ON HERE THAN ANYONE WOULD EVER BELIEVE. TRUST ME I WITNESSED IT ALL!! ALL THAT FACILITY NEEDS IS FOR THOSE PATIENTS TO BE MOVED AND IT BURNT TO THE GROUND!

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