Police: Nurse Practitioner Caught on Camera Assaulting Patient

A nurse practitioner accused of indecently assaulting a patient at an assisted living facility was allegedly caught by a camera hidden by his victim's daughter.

Frank Palin, 67, of Coventry, Rhode Island, was arrested on Sunday by Canton police, according to the Norfolk district attorney's office.

He pled not guilty to a single count of indecent assault and battery on a person over the age of 65 during his arraignment on Monday in Stoughton District Court.

A Canton police report revealed Palin, a nurse practitioner who works for Old Colony Hospice, was caught on video rubbing an elderly woman's breast and asking her "if it feels good," and saying, "I bet you liked sex when you were younger."

The assault happened at an assisted living facility called Cornerstone at Canton.

In a statement, the Senior Living Resources, company in charge of operations at Cornerstone at Canton, said Palin worked for a third-party hospice agency.

"The alleged violation of a vulnerable elder is appalling beyond words," Bob Larkin, president of Senior Living Resources, said.

"The safety of those entrusted to our care is our top priority," a spokesperson for Old Colony Hospice, Palin's employer, said in a statement. "We are taking this report very seriously and have been working closely with the Canton Police Department as they investigate this case. The employee has been suspended pending further action."

His bail was set at $5,000, and was ordered to stay away from the victim and her family members, his workplace and not work or volunteer with the elderly or disabled. He was also ordered to wear a GPS monitoring device.

At Palin's Coventry home, a family member told NBC10 Boston he wasn't home and refused to comment on the allegations.

He's due back in court on July 30 for a pre-trial conference. It's unclear if he has an attorney.

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