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State investigating sexual assault allegation at Gowanda nursing home

State health department workers are investigating whether a resident at Gowanda Rehabilitation and Nursing Center was sexually assaulted, an official said Tuesday.

Jeffrey Hammond, spokesman for the health department, said the nursing home reported the allegation May 29 and an investigation was immediately started.

"These particular allegations are obviously extremely disturbing; however, as this is an ongoing investigation we cannot comment further," Hammond said.

The facility, at 100 Miller St. in Gowanda, has 160 beds and is owned by GORNC Operating LLC, according to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services website. The federal agency rates the facility at two stars overall, or below average.

In a statement, the nursing home said it is always responsive to allegations of abuse, which are immediately investigated to ensure the safety and well-being of its residents.

"We also have a predominant obligation to maintain the privacy and dignity of our residents and cannot comment on the particulars of any pending incident or review," the statement read.

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