Yukon man charged with caretaker abuse

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YUKON, Okla -- A former nursing home worker is accused of tying an 89-year-old woman to her chair with a bed sheet.

Joe Allen Gordon, 58, faces a charge of Abuse by caretaker.

The Oklahoma Office of the Attorney General says Gordon worked at the Ranchwood Nursing Center in November 2011.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Gordon admitted that he put the sheet around the victim so she would not get up and fall while he was walking other residents.

"His explanation was he didn't want her to fall and while that may be what his belief was it's still illegal," said Mykel Fry with the attorney general’s office.

According to investigators state law and nursing home policy prohibit the use of restraints on residents for purposes of convenience.

Physical restraints may only be used under doctor’s orders and with written patient consent.

Gordon was booked into jail and posted bond, which was set at $5,000.

If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.

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