Crimes Against the Elderly
Under Oklahoma Statute §21-843.1, it is unlawful for any caretaker to abuse, neglect or exploit an elderly person. This refers to:
- Financial neglect
- Physical neglect
- Physical abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Financial exploitation
Who Is Considered a Caretaker?
Under Oklahoma law, a caretaker may be:
- A nursing home employee
- A home health nurse
- An adult sitter
- A family member
What Is Exploitation?
Elderly citizens are often targeted for financial exploitation. Statistics show that this is the third most common crime committed against the elderly, after neglect and physical abuse.
Financial exploitation refers to the deception or intimidation of a person in order to gain access to money or property. It could also refer to the unlawful obtaining of money or property while the owner is unable to consent.
Oklahoma considers crimes against the elderly to be felony offenses. If convicted, an offender could face up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
A conviction of sexual abuse of an elderly person could result in up to 15 years in prison.