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Worker accused of rape at Sandusky nursing home

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:06 PM

SANDUSKY (AP) - A nightshift nurse suspected of sexually abusing at least two dozen elderly or disabled patients at a nursing home was being held in jail Wednesday, authorities said.

Many of the alleged victims at Concord Care and Rehabilitation Center were unable to report the abuse because of their conditions, said Perkins Township Police Chief Tim McClung. Some have since died.

John Riems, 49, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Sandusky Municipal Court to felony charges of rape and gross sexual imposition. He continues to be questioned about his past, which includes employment at other facilities, McClung said.

Under questioning, police say Riems recalled abusing nearly 100 patients during a 20-year career but that he could only remember specific information on 24. McClung wouldn’t identify other places where Riems worked.

Riems was being held at the Erie County jail on $100,000 bond. The jail didn’t have information on an attorney for Riems.

Jessica Short, director at the nursing home, issued a statement saying that Riems had been fired.

“We cannot share any more detail at this time out of respect for the privacy of our residents, and in light of the ongoing police investigation,” the statement read.

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