June 5, 2013
A Lenoir, North Carolina man plead guilty last month to a January 2013 nursing home abuse incident in which he was accused of sexually assaulting an elderly female.
According to reports, Charles Michael Horton, 61, was found on top of a patient, sexually assaulting her, while she lied in bed at the Glenbridge Health and Rehabilitation Center in Boone, on January 10. The victim had Alzheimers and several other cognitive-disorders that made her unable to move alone and speak for herself. She died only a month after the assault.
Staff members found Horton attacking the victim, and called the police immediately. They were unable to detain Horton until the police arrived, but he later turned himself in. Originally, Horton was only charged with a misdemeanor sexual battery charge. Yet, after interviewing him, he was charged with two counts of sexual assault and one count of rape.
In court on May 22, Horton plead guilty to a second-degree sexual offense charge after negotiating a plea that allowed the rape and an additional charge to be dropped. He was sentenced to 12-15 years in prison, minus 120 of time already served in jail. He still has another pending court date for a sexual battery charge and is expected back in court in July.
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