Former nursing assistant at Olympia care center sentenced to a year in prison

Staff writerJanuary 10, 2014 

A judge sentenced a 23-year-old former nursing assistant at Garden Courte Memory Care Community on Lilly Road to a year and a day in prison Friday for shoving a soapy washcloth in a 90-year-old dementia patient's mouth in July.

Cameron Malizio had earlier pleaded guilty under an Alford plea, to a count of second-degree assault in connection with the case. Under an Alford plea, a defendant pleads guilty, but technically does not admit he committed the crime.

As a condition of Malizio's plea agreement, he must give up his nursing assistant's license for life. Thurston County Superior Court Judge Gary Tabor sentenced Malizio pursuant to a plea agreement entered into last week by both the prosecutor and the defense attorney in the case.

In July, an employee of Garden Courte Memory Care Community witnessed Malizio and another employee bathing a 90-year-old female dementia patient in a shower.

The witness told her employees she saw Malizio put a soapy washcloth in the dementia patient's mouth while the victim's arms were being held behind her back by the other employee. The second employee also has been charged with second-degree assault, and her case is pending.

During Malizio's sentencing on Friday, he said he is sorry and he takes responsibility for the incident.

Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445 jpawloski@theolympian.com

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