Mental Screening Ordered In Elderly Abuse Case

Mental Screening Ordered In Elderly Abuse Case

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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- A man accused of sexually abusing ten elderly women in an American Fork nursing home has been ordered to undergo a mental-competency exam.

Police say 33-year-old Jesus Partida confessed in July to sexually assaulting the women during the two years he worked as a certified nursing assistant at the Heritage Care Center.

Mental Screening Ordered In Elderly Abuse Case

Authorities say all of the alleged victims suffered from either dementia or Alzheimer's disease and were unaware the abuse was going on. All but two of the women have since died.

Partida is charged with four counts of forcible sodomy and eleven counts of forcible sexual abuse, both felonies.

Partida turned himself into police back in June and remains in the Utah County Jail.

The judge set a competency review for December eighth.


Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

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