A 63-year-old man, who is an employee at an assisted living facility, has
been arrested. He was charged with
sexual assault after being accused of engaging in sexual conduct with a 24-year-old developmentally
disabled male patient. Maryland authorities believe that other victims
may be out there.
The alleged incident happened last month at Creative Options Assisted Living
Facility. Days after the incident, the patient reported it to staff members
who notified authorities. Officers performed an investigation, and during
that time, they spoke with the accused employee. According to reports,
the employee admitted to authorities that he was involved in the sexual
assault with the patient.
He further stated that he committed sexual assaults in other areas, especially
on those who were young men. The employee was arrested and charged with
perverted practice and multiple sex offenses. He's being held at a
detention center on a $150,000 bail.
Understandably, Maryland prosecutors vigorously seek to convict on allegations
such as this one, particularly since the alleged victim is a developmentally
disabled and vulnerable adult. The defendant could face up to 40 years
in prison if convicted of the sexual assault charges; however, a formal
accusation does not automatically mean the defendant is guilty, nor does
it mean that he will be convicted by a jury. The defendant could drastically
reduce his legal risk by having a strong defense strategy and knowledge
of his rights. He could also reduce his legal risk by disputing evidence
that prosecutors intend to use against him. If evidence is stacked in
favor of the state, his defense team may negotiate for lesser charges.
Source: wbaltv.com, "Man charged in sexual assault of developmentally disabled man", Saliqa Khan, Sept. 25, 2014