A man living in an Arlington Heights care facility appeared in Cook County circuit court Friday on a charge of criminal sexual assault against a 90-year-old woman with dementia who is also a resident of the home, authorities said.
A nurse at ManorCare in the 700 block of West Central Road walked in on the attack, said Lesley Gool, assistant Cook County state's attorney.
Bond for Raphael Ortiz, 41, was set at $50,000 "based on the allegations, which are horrendous," Judge Jill Cerone Marisie said. The fact that he knew the woman had dementia added to the offense, said Cmdr. Mike Hernandez, who is in charge of criminal investigations for the Arlington Heights Police Department.
Ortiz went into the woman's room wearing only a robe at about 7 p.m. on Nov. 16, woke her and performed a sex act, said Gool. When the nurse entered the room, he stopped, covered his face and went out of the room.
The police were notified within an hour, said Kelly Kessler, manager of marketing communications for HCR ManorCare, which is based in Toledo, Ohio.
"We immediately contacted the authorities and are cooperating fully with the police on this matter as well as conducting our own investigation," he said in a prepared news release. "The family members of the patient are fully aware of the situation and investigation. Quality care is of paramount concern at ManorCare and we work very hard to ensure its delivery to each and every resident."
Gool said Ortiz, who is listed as a dialysis patient and who is legally blind, admitted the offense. He has no previous history of criminal charges, she said. His next court date is Dec. 8.
The victim was not physically injured, authorities said.