Man charged in sexual assaults of 94- and 87-year-old women

Suspect, 38, was leaving relative in nursing home

June 06, 1999|By Laura Sullivan | Laura Sullivan,SUN STAFF

Anne Arundel County police arrested a 38-year-old Glen Burnie man Friday on charges of sexually assaulting an 87-year-old woman and a 94-year-old woman at a Glen Burnie nursing home.

Charles Edward Samuel of the 700 block of Cooper Road dropped his grandmother off at Millennium Health and Rehabilitation Center Sunday evening after she went for a day visit at her former residence, police and nursing home officials said.

Police said a 94-year-old woman was assaulted in her room about 7: 30 p.m. Then, in the room next door, where two women were sleeping, one awoke and saw a man on top of her 87-year-old roommate.

"She saw this person in bed with the woman next to her, and she yelled at him to get out of there, and he left," said police spokeswoman Carol Frye.

The 94-year-old reported the incident to a nurse, but Stanley Snow, the center's vice president of development, said the staff initially wasn't sure whether it had happened because of the woman's fragile mental health.

After the woman next door gave the nurse a similar account, the home's administrators called police.

Samuel was charged with attempted second-degree rape, attempted second- and third-degree sex offense, three counts of assault and a fourth-degree sex offense.

The women are in good health and did not suffer serious injuries, Snow said. They and their families are receiving psychological counseling.

Snow said the nurse noticed Samuel when he refused a bandage the nurse offered him for a cut on his arm. Police later found blood on the pillow of one of the women.

The home has a nurse on duty within 15 feet of the women's rooms and thoroughly screens employees and visitors, Snow said, but the system is not set up to prevent attacks by residents' family members.

"The families have a right to be here. This is their home, too," Snow said. "How do you police family members once they're permitted to be in the building? You can't be in every single room at every moment."

"It's just awful there are people like that out there," Snow said. "We try to create a family environment here and it's unfortunate and saddening."

Pub Date: 6/06/99

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