A Chesapeake nursing home is being sued by the guardians of a comatose woman who was sexually assaulted by a male nurse while a patient there.

The lawsuit filed in Norfolk Circuit Court claims Chesapeake Health and Rehabilitation Center should have known Mark S. Albright's conduct would violate the woman's privacy and dignity. It seeks $29 million in damages and also names Albright as a defendant.

Center administrator Gregory Yanta declined to comment on the lawsuit.

Albright formerly worked as a licensed practical nurse at the nursing home. Police say another employee observed Albright with his mouth on the woman's breast.

Albright pleaded guilty in November to aggravated sexual battery. Last week, he was sentenced last week to six months in prison, with another nine years and six months suspended.