Loudonville adult home administrator fired over sex abuse allegation

Wednesday, January 9, 2013
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— The administrator of an adult home where a maintenance worker and registered sex offender was accused of inappropriately touching a woman has been fired, a representative for the facility said Tuesday.

The administrator at Loudonville Home for Adults, Melissa Brown, was fired Saturday, said Paul Larrabee of Corning Place Communications.

“She was discharged for failing to exercise the appropriate judgment stemming from incidents involving the safety and welfare of residents,” Larrabee said.

Larrabee declined to comment further.

Brown was let go days after Richard P. Ragone was arrested on charges that included felony second-degree endangering the welfare of a vulnerable elderly person.

Ragone, 64, of Albany, is also a Level 3 sex offender, judged to be at the highest risk to reoffend.

The sex offender status was based on a 1984 first-degree rape conviction where he was sentenced to 121⁄2 to 25 years in prison.

His updated residence on the registry is listed as the Albany County jail.

Ragone is accused of inappropriately touching a 91-year-old female resident at the Albany-Shaker Road facility Nov. 30. Police were notified Dec. 3.

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