EL DORADO, Kan. — KAKE was the first station to show what state officials declared to be abuse at an Andover nursing home. Now the nurse accused of the abuse has made his first court appearance in Butler County.
Geoffrey Nyangweso is charged with Mistreatment of a Dependant Adult, a felony that can mean 31 to 136 months in prison and up to a $100,000 fine.
Monday afternoon, Nyangweso appeared in court. The judge scheduled a preliminary hearing for August 11, and then released him on his own recognizance. If he fails to return to court on that date, he'll be arrested and will have to pay back a $50,000 bond.
Nyangweso was also ordered to turn over his passport to his attorney and remain in the state. He was also ordered to have no contact with the nursing home in question or any witnesses in the case.
The hidden camera video shot by Donna Colcher's family may be critical to the case. Nyangweso's attorney claims it shows a single 45-minute incident, but Colwich's family contends it reflects a pattern of abuse and bruises at the Victoria Falls home.
Nyangweso's problems extend beyond the courtroom. A hearing in late May in Topeka considered whether his nursing license should be revoked. At this moment, it is simply suspended.