Sunday, December 7, 2008

Hudson, WI caregiver accused of sexually assaulting patient

A 30 year old woman has been charged Monday, December 1 with 2nd degree sexual assault for having sex with a 56 year old mentally ill and chemically dependant man under her care in Hudson, WI, which is in St. Croix county, WI, not far from the Twin Cities. The sexual contact occured from May to September, according to the complaint. The suspect is the owner of the Heartview Inc. facility, and denies the more serious sex charges, but admits going into the victim's room and kissing him.

Carolyn Ann Lopez of Hudson had sexual intercourse on "numerous occasions" with the patient, now 56, the charges allege. He was being treated for mental illness and chemical dependency. Lopez indicated her duties included "one-to-one contact with residents, going to appointments, groups and shopping, and in getting to know the residents so that they could be appropriately matched with staff," the complaint said.

Lopez' next hearing in St. Croix County Circuit Court will be on December 12.

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