CLEARWATER ― A complaint that a nursing assistant sexually assaulted an older patient at a senior care provider earlier this month has spawned into a broader investigation involving multiple victims that goes back at least three years.
Falo Kane, 32, was arrested Monday on four counts of sexual battery of a physically helpless person. Then police added three more counts on Wednesday.
The alleged attacks involve a total of six victims and took place at four Clearwater health care facilities going back to 2016. They involve allegations that Kane preyed on patients he was supposed to be helping.
Now Clearwater detectives want to know if there are more potential victims out there at other facilities.
“What our detectives are trying to do is piece together a work history to know where he has been over the last several years,” said Clearwater police spokesman Rob Shaw on Thursday.
The first complaint against Kane was that he assaulted a patient on Sept. 5 at the Advanced Care Center, 401 N. Fairwood Ave. When detectives brought him in for questioning, they said he confessed to that assault and three others.
That’s how police learned of a May 13, 2016 incident at Comprehensive Health Care Facility, 2055 Palmetto St., No. 213. The next allegation is that he assaulted a patient on Aug. 22, 2016 at the Clearwater Center, 1270 Turner St., a report said.
Then this year, on March 25, police said he assaulted a woman who was using a wheelchair on March 25 at Glen Oaks Health and Rehabilitation Center, 1110 Pine St. Those cases, and the Sept. 5 allegation, resulted in his arrest Monday.
That day, Kane wrote a letter of apology addressed to all four victims before he was booked into the county jail, police said. Then detectives learned of three more assaults involving two victims at Advanced Care Center.
They all took place on the same day: Aug. 31. The arrest reports said he attacked a woman while changing her adult diapers; assaulted another woman while bathing her; and sexually assaulted a patient left “groggy” by the sleep sedative Ambien.
Those three charges were added Wednesday. Kane, who also faces a charge of violating his probation, is being held in the Pinellas County jail without bail.
Those facilities did not return requests for comment this week. Shaw said officials at all four are cooperating with police.
“We are working with all of the places that he has been to make sure there are no other victims at those facilities,” he said.
Kane also briefly worked as a patient care technician at Mease Countryside Hospital in Safety Harbor in May 2018. A patient accused him of inappropriately touching them, and he was arrested May 17, 2018, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail and 11 months probation. His recent arrest violated that probation.
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He was unemployed when he was arrested Monday, police said. But now detectives need to find out what other medical facilities he worked in, and in which jurisdictions in case other law enforcement agencies need to be pulled into the investigation.
No new allegations had been reported as of Thursday. Clearwater police urge anyone with information about Kane or other incidents to call them at (727) 562-4242.
“The bottom line is this is an individual who hopefully will never work in the health care industry ever again,” Shaw said. “He was in charge of taking care of these women, many of whom were disabled, and he just turned them into crime victims. His behavior is just intolerable.”