An attorney for a nursing home in Colorado filed a lawsuit against the nursing homes board that oversees the facilities, alleging he abused his power to gain access to clients and improperly secured the homes’ nursing homes for his own personal use.
The suit, filed Tuesday in the state Supreme Court, names attorneys from the Colorado Nursing Home Association, the Colorado Board of Nursing, and the Colorado Attorney General’s Office.
The lawsuit alleges the attorney, David J. Schleiermacher, “attempted to influence, coerce, intimidate, and interfere with the board’s duty to protect its members, members of the nursing staff, and members of its public from acts of sexual abuse.”
Schleermacher said he is a former nurse, but the suit claims he was in charge of nursing home security.
“The attorney’s conduct is outrageous and the board, which he serves as its chairman, should immediately terminate him,” said attorney Daniel T. Mollick.
Molls’ firm, Law Offices of Daniel T., is representing Schlehermacher in the suit.
The nursing home board said it was aware of the complaint and had taken the necessary steps to respond.
A spokesperson for the attorney’s office said in an email that “Mr. Schleeiermachers actions were not appropriate or necessary.”
Schleeermachers lawyer, David L. Shriver, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In 2014, the nursing center board fired a former director, David F. Jones, after he was accused of molesting a patient.
The board said Jones was in his 30s when the incident occurred, but Jones had been working at the center for years.
Jones was fired after a complaint from a former employee.
The center board said that after the board determined Jones was no longer a suitable leader, it asked Jones to resign.
The case was never referred to the district attorney’s criminal investigation division, which could lead to charges.
The Colorado Attorney Generals Office declined to comment on the lawsuit, but its website says it is “dedicated to protecting Colorado’s communities from crimes against the elderly.”
The lawsuit claims that the attorney had access to the nursing centers’ medical records, and that he obtained and shared information about the nursing facilities’ security systems.
He also gained access to nursing home employees and shared confidential medical information, according to the lawsuit.
“A former employee told me that Mr. Schlesermchers actions were intended to prevent the safety of patients, and he also testified that he was aware that Mr, Schlesers actions could have resulted in harm to patients,” Mollicks said in a statement.
Schleesmachers lawyers did not return a call seeking comment.
He was hired by the nursing facility in the mid-2000s, and was given “special privileges and access” that allowed him to have direct contact with patients, the lawsuit alleges.
He told a former staff member, “You know, I am not the only one here that wants to see the nursing assistants and to have access to their records,” according to a document in the lawsuit that states the lawsuit was filed in March.
He is seeking damages of $1 million.
The former nursing center director has since retired and Mollows said the attorney has not filed any new claims against the center.