A.G. Schneiderman Announces Guilty Plea Of Former Nursing Home Resident Who Sexually Abused Disabled Resident At Same Facility

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November 1, 2017

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A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN ANNOUNCES GUILTY PLEA OF FORMER NURSING HOME RESIDENT WHO SEXUALLY ABUSED DISABLED RESIDENT AT SAME FACILITY

Homer Pearce Sexually Abused Physically Helpless Resident At Focus At Otsego Nursing And Rehabilitation Center

Pearce Will Serve 2 Years In State Prison

COOPERSTOWN -- Attorney General Eric Schneiderman today announced the conviction of Homer Pearce, of Sidney, New York, a former resident at the Focus at Otsego Nursing and Rehabilitation Center who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a disabled resident at the same nursing home. Pearce, 79, pled guilty before the Honorable John F. Lambert in Otsego County Court of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree, a class D felony. Pearce was sentenced to two years in prison.

“New Yorkers deserve to be protected from sexual abuse no matter where they live,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “We will prosecute anyone who victimizes vulnerable, disabled, and elderly nursing home residents.”

In August 2016, Pearce admitted that while he was a patient at the Focus at Otsego Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Cooperstown, he subjected an elderly, disabled nursing home resident to unwanted sexual contact, including touching the victim’s genitals. The victim, however, was physically helpless and therefore incapable of consenting to the contact.  

Under the terms of the plea agreement, Pearce was sentenced to a two-year term of imprisonment and a period of three years post-release supervision. Additionally, Pearce will be required to register as a sex offender under the Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA). 

The case was investigated by the Albany Regional Office MFCU Investigators Danette Benson and Michael Connelly with the assistance of Supervising Investigator Dianne Hart and Upstate Deputy Chief Investigator William Falk, and Medical Analyst Stephanie Keyser, RN.

The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Paul A. Clyne with the assistance of Albany Regional Director Kathleen A. Boland. Catherine Wagner is MFCU's Upstate Chief of Criminal Investigations. MFCU is led by Director Amy Held and Assistant Deputy Attorney General Paul J. Mahoney.