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The Justice Files: Caregiver jailed for physical abuse of elderly patients

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FARMINGTON Utah (ABC4 Utah) – The video doesn’t lie.

And it led to Jason Nixon’s arrest and conviction.  Monday, Nixon was sentenced to a year in jail for physically hurting two elderly people at a nursing facility in Clearfield.

Nixon pleaded guilty to aggravated elderly abuse hurting Richard Crossley and another patient at the facility, Jeannie Clark.  Nixon was a certified nursing assistant at the Chancellor Garden Assisted Living Nursing home.

Prior to sentencing, Knox apologized.

“I deeply regret my actions this is not who I am,” Knox said.  “I’ve been a caregiver for over 13 years and I’m embarrassed by my behavior.”
 
Crossley who has Alzheimer’s, managed to tell his family of his problems last year. His family said he can’t talk but one day placed his daughter’s hand under his shirt.
“What I looked and saw (was) the bruise on his skin and on his chest,” said Kellie Bingham, his daughter. 
 
It prompted her to place a camera in his room.  But there was a catch.  She claimed that the facility required anyone placing a camera in a room had to issue a warning sign outside the patient’s room.

“That might have protected my dad,” Bingham said. “In this case, it didn’t. (Knox) knew there was a camera there and it didn’t protect him.”

And what they saw on the video recording taken over a span of two days, shocked her.

“To see that, it was so unexpected,” she said.  “To see that, I was sick to my stomach, absolutely sick.”

Knox’ attorney, Richard Gale, claimed his client had a rough start in life.  He said his parents were drug addicts and died.  Gale told the judge Knox grew up in a foster home but never had been in trouble with the law until now.

He was spared prison but will serve another year in the Davis County Jail. 

“This conduct is depraved and inexcusable and must not be repeated,” said Judge Michael Edwards.

Crossley’s family said they were satisfied with the outcome because there wasn’t anything more they could do before the judiciary system.

But she hoped the abuse of their father will serve as a wake-up call to Utahns.

“Utah lacks the laws that we need to protect these people,” Bingham said. “I worry about these people and their safety, but there are more people like [Knox] out there.”

She said they plan to meet with lawmakers to point out deficiencies in the care of the elderly.  

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