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Nursing assistant sexually assaulted older patients while on duty, Clearwater police say

There were four victims, police said. One was in a wheelchair and another was a disabled stroke patient. The accused wrote a letter of apology.

CLEARWATER — A nursing assistant is accused of sexually assaulting four older patients at health care facilities where he worked over the past three years, according to police.

In two of the cases, Falo Kane, 32, is accused of assaulting a woman who was in a wheelchair and another woman who was left disabled by a stroke, police said. During two of the incidents, detectives said he was changing their adult diapers.

The incidents came to light when one facility reported the assault of a patient, Clearwater police said.

Kane was brought in for questioning Monday, confessed to the assaults and wrote one apology letter to all four women, said Clearwater police spokesman Rob Shaw.

“We are concerned there could be other victims,” Shaw said in an email to the Tampa Bay Times.

The first incident took place on May 13, 2016, according to an arrest report, when he assaulted a patient at Comprehensive Health Care Facility, 2055 Palmetto St., No. 213.

Then on Aug. 22, 2016, he assaulted a patient at the Clearwater Center, 1270 Turner St., a report said. That patient no longer lives at the center, said Pinellas sheriff’s Cpl. Jessica Mackesy.

Arrest reports detail two incidents that took place this year: He assaulted a woman who was using a wheelchair on March 25 at Glen Oaks Health and Rehabilitation Center, 1110 Pine St. Then he was accused of assaulting another woman on Sept. 5 at Advanced Care Center, 401 N. Fairwood Ave.

Police did not say which of the incidents was the first to be reported. The women in the May 2016 allegation and the two assaults this year still live at the same centers, Mackesy said. Officials contacted Tuesday at the four centers did not respond to requests for comment.

Kane was working as a patient care technician at Mease Countryside Hospital when he was arrested on a charge of misdemeanor battery on May 17, 2018, accused of inappropriately touching a patient there, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. He pleaded no contest in January and was sentenced to 30 days in jail plus 11 months probation.

A spokeswoman for BayCare Health System, which operates Mease, said Kane worked there for two weeks in May 2018 and was suspended when a patient complained about him. He was fired when he failed to meet with hospital officials about the allegations against him. The allegations were the same ones that led to his misdemeanor battery arrest.

Clearwater police said Kane was unemployed when he was arrested Monday. He faces four counts of sexual battery of a physically helpless person and a violation of probation charge stemming from the Mease incident. He was being held Tuesday at the Pinellas County jail without bail.

Anyone with information about Kane or other victims is asked to call Clearwater police at (727) 562-4242.

EDITOR’S NOTE: An earlier version of this story stated incorrectly when BayCare learned about Falo Kane’s May 2018 arrest.