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Rape victim settles with senior living facility

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.

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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