Additional Charges Filed in Burlington County Against Home Nurse for Sexually Assaulting Patient
Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina says additional charges have been filed against a 34-year-old man who was charged last year with sexually assaulting a severely developmentally impaired girl while working as her caregiver in the family’s Southampton home.
Edmondo DiPaolo of Pemberton Township was charged with first-degree aggravated sexual assault, second-degree sexual assault, and two counts of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child. He was taken into custody Thursday and released Friday following a first appearance in Superior Court.
Coffina says DiPaolo was initially charged last March with aggravated sexual assault, attempted aggravated assault, and endangering the welfare of a child. He was released at that time following a detention hearing.
The new charges relate to the same victim and were filed after officials reviewed nearly 200 hours of footage that revealed additional abuse during the five months when DiPaolo was working at the residence.
The victim, who was 15 at the time, has a neurological disorder and is immobile. She is partially blind, unable to speak, and is fed and medicated through tubes, according to Coffina's office.
Family members initially contacted cops after discovering an injury to her leg. The investigation revealed that her femur bone had been broken while DiPaolo was harshly adjusting her position prior to sexually assaulting her. DiPaolo also pushed her face into a pillow, squeezed her throat, and shoved a stuffed animal into her mouth to restrict her breathing, says Coffina.
DiPaolo was employed as a private duty nurse by Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services, Inc., Anyone who suspects DiPaolo may have mistreated other patients is urged to call New Jersey State Police at (609) 859-2282.