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Elderly woman seeks damages in sexual assault case

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Feb 19, 2014 at 9:31 am

HERMANTOWN, Minn. (AP) — Court records show an 89-year-old woman who was raped at a senior living home in northeastern Minnesota received no treatment or counseling after reporting the attack and was sent to the mental health unit of a Duluth hospital against her wishes.

A 30-year-old nursing assistant, Andrew Scott Merzwski, has been sentenced in St. Louis County to more than 4 years in prison after admitting to sexually assaulting the woman at Edgewood Vista in Hermantown.

The victim reportedly was held for nearly three days at St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth following the attack in January 2013.

The woman is seeking punitive damages from Merzwski, Edgewood Vista and two administrators. Edgewood Vista is owned by Edgewood Management Group of Grand Forks, N.D., which did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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