For Immediate Release - May 03, 2010

Restorative Aide Arraigned for Indecent Assault on Two Elderly Patients

DEDHAM - A restorative aide at a nursing home in Wellesley Hills has been arraigned for allegedly assaulting two elderly patients in his care. Antonio Aburjaile, age 43, of Wellesley, is charged with Indecent Assault and Battery on an Elder (3 counts), and Lewd and Lascivious Behavior. At his arraignment today in Norfolk Superior Court, Aburjaile entered a plea of not guilty and was released on personal recognizance. Superior Court Judge Paul Chernoff ordered Aburjaile not to have any contact with the victims; that he report to the Department of Probation once a month, that he surrender his passport and that he be prohibited from working in any jobs where he could provide care to the elderly.

In February 2009, the Attorney General's Office began an investigation after the matter was referred by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH). At the Elizabeth Seton Residence in Wellesley Hills, Aburjaile was responsible for range of motion exercises with patients at the facility. His duties as a restorative aide included techniques for restoration, checking equipment, making beds, and feeding residents.

During the course of his work, Aburjaile is alleged to have indecently assaulted a 71-year-old female patient with multiple medical issues in 2009. Authorities also allege that Aburjaile indecently assaulted a 70-year-old female patient also with multiple medical issues in 2009.

After a thorough investigation by Attorney General Coakley's Medicaid Fraud Division, the case was presented to a Norfolk Grand Jury. A Norfolk Grand Jury returned indictments on April 1, 2010. Today, Aburjaile was arraigned in Norfolk Superior Court where he pled not guilty and was released on personal recognizance. He is due back in court on June 23, 2010, for a pre-trial conference.

Assistant Attorney General George Zachos, of Attorney General Coakley's Medicaid Fraud Division, is the prosecutor assigned to this case. The case was investigated by Investigator Linda Landry. The Wellesley Police Department also assisted with the investigation