SNF aide, 77, pleads guilty to rape, faces $15 million fine if abuses again

A former employee of a Minneapolis nursing home pleaded guilty this week to charges that he raped a resident who suffered from dementia. He also agreed to an unusual settlement that would require him to pay $15 million to the victim's estate if he is convicted again.

George Sumo Kpingbah, 77, was working as an aide at Walker Methodist Health Center when he was found abusing an 83-year-old resident by a nurse on her rounds in December 2014. A Department of Health investigation found the facility was not responsible for the incident since Kpingbah had taken a course on preventing and reporting abuse and the skilled nursing facility was properly staffed on the night of the incident.

In a civil settlement to a separate lawsuit, Kpingbah agreed to pay $15 million to the estate of the rape victim if he is ever convicted of criminal sexual assault again, or found liable for abuse or neglect of a vulnerable adult once he is released from prison. The massive fine is an attempt to deter Kpingbah from committing another assault upon release, attorneys said.

Kpingbah was charged with felony third-degree criminal sexual conduct, which carries a sentence of up to four years in prison with a guilty plea. His sentencing hearing has been scheduled for Nov. 12.