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Rape victim settles with senior living facility

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DULUTH — An 89-year-old woman who was raped by a caregiver at Edgewood Vista in Hermantown has settled out of the court with the senior living facility, but will continue to seek damages against her attacker, her attorney said Tuesday.

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Attorney Mark Kosieradzki declined to discuss specifics of the settlement, but said it was “satisfactory” to his client — the victim — and her family. The resolution was the result of mediation sessions that came just before a pretrial motion hearing that was scheduled for Tuesday.

The settlement removes Edgewood Management Group and two local administrators — Executive Director Gary Becker and Clinical Services Director Marilyn Moore. A spokesman for the Grand Forks, N.D.-based company did not immediately return a phone call and email seeking comment Tuesday.

Kosieradzki said he and the family will continue to seek punitive damages against 30-year-old Andrew Scott Merzwski, who confessed to raping the woman. Merzwski, who is serving a 53-month prison term, has not hired an attorney to represent him in the suit, nor has he filed any response.

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