Nurse faces charges based on Kanata long-term care incident

KANATA – A Kanata-based registered practical nurse (RPN) is facing mischief charges after being accused of not providing prescribed medications to residents at a long-term care facility.

Kevin Montero, 48 of Ottawa, was an RPN at Garden Terrace in Kanata where Ottawa police say he was guilty of not providing prescribed medications to residents as expected of him.

The Ottawa Police Service’s (OPS) Elder Abuse Unit started an investigation at the Aird Place facility on May 16 after a complaint from the facility about an RPN.

Based on the long-term care home’s allegations that the suspected RPN’s practice may have happened on a random basis, the investigation examined a one-year period starting on May 16, 2018.

Investigators found there was no correlation between the nurse’s actions and any deaths at the long-term care facility during that year.

Montero is facing one charge of mischief and one charge of mischief to data.

These charges stem from an incident on May 16, where police say the accused did not provide prescribed medications, vitamins and supplements to at least 25 residents.

“Although these actions are disturbing, there is no evidence suggesting any other employee was involved in this incident,” said Insp. Tim Hodgins, with the Criminal Investigations Directorate. “Furthermore, there was no evidence that any resident suffered bodily harm as a result of not receiving their medications.”

Montero was scheduled to appear in court yesterday (Sept. 17).