SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, March 11, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — An employee of a Salt Lake City nursing home and rehabilitation center has been charged with the abuse of a female patient who was recovering from surgery.
Jorge L. Vera, 63, was booked into jail last week on one count of forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony.
The alleged victim, a 64-year-old patient at the facility, told investigators female aides would usually prepare her bath, then leave her alone to wash and dress herself.
Vera, she told investigators, would remain in the room and use his hands and a washcloth to clean her body.
The woman said Vera would apply extra pressure while cleaning her private areas, and would let his hand “linger” too long.
The alleged victim said she was “very uncomfortable, and pulled away from Vera.”
The court paperwork says that when questioned, Vera initially denied the incident.
Later, court documents say, Vera told investigators the alleged victim grabbed the bathroom rail, positioned herself, then requested he wash her private areas, which he did.