Mental health facility worker accused of sexual assault



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PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) — An employee at a mental health facility in New Jersey is accused of sexually assaulting a patient.

Mercer County prosecutors say a woman claimed that 36-year-old Jonathan Hodges of Trenton entered her room Wednesday, shortly before she was due to be discharged. She says he pushed himself against her, put his hand inside her pants and underwear, and assaulted her.

Prosecutors say video surveillance at the facility in Princeton showed Hodges entering the victim's room several times during a 14-minute period. They say he stayed in the room for various lengths of time.

Hodges was charged with sexual assault and freed after posting $50,000 bail.

A telephone number for Hodges could not be located Monday night. It couldn't immediately be determined if he has a lawyer.

A spokesman for Princeton House Behavioral Health says Hodges has been suspended pending an investigation.

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