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Home care aide sentenced for fondling patient in shower

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls home care aide who fondled a female patient’s breasts in the shower was sentenced Tuesday to five weekends in jail, 30 days in the Niagara County work program and three years’ probation.

Laura J. Denne, 59, of Michigan Avenue, had pleaded guilty before State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. to a misdemeanor, attempted endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person.

The victim, a 31-year-old woman with spinal muscular atrophy, was touched while showering in her North Tonawanda home May 16.