A Charlotte County Certified Nursing Assistant is behind bars after an at-home surveillance system revealed she was molesting an elderly patient.
Victoria Kopfle, 61, was the victim's main aid since August, and the victim said she started inappropriately touching him a week after she started working in his home.
His daughter saw Kopfle molesting her father through the surveillance system, with her mother sitting nearby, on her parents 64th wedding anniversary. Both the man and the woman are disabled.
Kopfle worked for NurseCore, and a check on the Health Department website shows her CNA license is active.
The family told deputies they installed surveillance cameras inside the home because their father had fallen in the past and was on the floor for ten hours.
His daughter told Four in Your Corner's Lisa Greenberg she was shocked and devastated by what the cameras revealed.
Her father told deputies Kopfle felt and rubbed his legs, which made him uncomfortable, then she touched him inappropriately. He tried to push her hands away but was unable to.
The victim also told deputies he saw Kopfle kissing his wife without her permission on two different occasions.
The victim's daughter said her father told her about this, saying "She keeps trying to kiss your mom on the lips right in front of me."
When his daughter confronted Kopfle about this, the nursing assistant told her she was doing the "Italian two-cheek kiss."
The victim's daughter said watching the surveillance video made her feel like there was a knife going through her stomach.
Kopfle's husband said the nursing assistant has been uneasy about working with the victim for months because she thought he had memory issues, and quit because it became too much for her.
However, the arrest report says the victim has not been diagnosed with either Alzheimer's or dementia.
The CEO of NurseCore said they reported the incident to authorities immediately, they're cooperating with the investigation, and Kopfle is no longer working for their company.
Kopfle is in jail on a $15,000 bond.