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Man Charged With Sex Assualt Of Elderly Dementia Patient

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Robert Phelan (Credit: Orland Park Police)

Robert Phelan (Credit: Orland Park Police)

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BRIDGEVIEW (CBS) — An employee of a southwest suburban nursing home has been charged with raping a 93-year-old resident of the facility who suffers from dementia, police said.

Robert J. Phelan, 56, was arrested Sunday by Orland Park police and charged with one count of aggravated criminal sexual assault, a release from police said.

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The charge was a result of an investigation regarding a battery complaint. The investigation began when Phelan was observed by a fellow employee engaged in inappropriate contact with a 93-year-old woman who suffers dementia at Lexington Health Care, 14601 John Humphrey Dr. in Orland Park, the release said.

Phelan, of Oak Lawn, appeared at a hearing Tuesday at the Bridgeview courthouse, where bond was set at $350,000, according to the release.

A preliminary hearing was scheduled for 9 a.m. on Aug. 8 in Bridgeview.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2010. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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