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Police: Nursing home resident raped patient with dementia

Standard-Speaker - 9/1/2017

Sept. 01--A resident of a Carbon County nursing and rehabilitation center is accused of raping a resident who has dementia, court papers say.

Weatherly police charged Burton E. Young, 65, with rape, a first-degree felony, and misdemeanors for indecent exposure and indecent assault.

He was jailed after Magisterial District Judge Edward Lewis, Jim Thorpe, set his bail at $100,000 during an Aug. 23 preliminary arraignment.

He remained in custody as of Thursday, unable to post bail, according to court records.

Police said an employee at Weatherwood, 1000 Evergreen Ave., related that on July 30 she was rounding a corner at the facility when she saw Young assaulting the resident.

Couldn't consent

The victim suffers from a "mental disability" and is incapable of consenting, arrest papers state.

Police spoke with representatives of the facility and the Carbon County Area Agency on Aging in response to the allegation when Young reportedly burst into the room, accused them of speaking about him behind his back and declared that he needed a lawyer because he was going to sue.

Court papers state that on Aug. 7, police spoke to Young, who told them he wasn't taking his medication and did a lot of stupid things because he wanted to be moved closer to home -- and he claimed he wouldn't have done it if he were in his right state of mind.

He then denied the incident took place, police wrote.

-- AMANDA CHRISTMAN

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