A former certified nursing assistant at a North Carolina nursing home was charged last week for allegedly raping a resident.
Luis Gomez, 58, was charged with second-degree forcible rape last Thursday for allegedly assaulting a resident of Brian Center Health & Rehabilitation in Waynesville, NC, earlier this year. The incident was reported to police in February by another nurse at the facility, according to local reports. Click here on the link to watch the news media report.
Waynesville police say there may be as many as four sexual assault victims at the facility, and Gomez is a suspect in all of them. He may face additional charges in those cases.
Gomez was suspended from working at the facility in February. He remains in jail on a $100,000 bond and has an initial court date set for April 19.
In a statement released to local media outlets, a spokeswoman for Brian Center’s parent company SavaSeniorCare said the facility “is cooperating fully with the authorities and will continue to do so throughout the investigation.”
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