A X-ray technician allegedly sexually abused an 81-year-old Alzheimer's patient while carrying out a scan at a nursing home in Manhattan.
Guy Negoue, 44, faces charges of endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person over the incident at the Catholic-Church run ArchCare Terence Cardinal Cooke Nursing Home.
Negoue had allegedly asked the woman's nurse to leave her room while he carried out the X-ray in August last year, the New York Daily News reports.
But after she left, the nurse claimed she heard the woman's cries coming from the room, and when she went back in she saw Negoue leaning over her.
She alleged that he then wiped his hands on the woman's bed sheets before throwing his gloves into the trash, according to court documents.
The nurse alleged that Negoue told her 'I didn’t do anything on purpose. I realized a lubricant was on my hand which is why I wiped it on the bed.'
He was arrested at the home soon after, and was later indicted by a grand jury for endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person, as well as misdemeanor sex abuse charges.
Guy Negoue was arrested shortly following the incident at ArchCare Terence Cardinal Cooke Nursing Home (pictured)
Negoue is facing up to four years in prison if convicted. He appeared in a New York court Wednesday for a procedural hearing.
The victim - a former nurse herself - was not named by the Daily News as she is the victim of a sex attack.
But her son Rodney Vargas spoke to the newspaper, and blasted the alleged attacker.
He said: 'How despicable do you have to be that you would do that to someone who is mentally incapacitated?
'I think that’s the lowest thing that I ever heard.'
Vargas hailed the nurse for stepping in to the room and rescuing his mother.
'She was my mother’s voice when my mother didn’t have one. If I saw her, I’d give her a hug and thank her,' he told the Daily News.
A spokesman for ArchCare, Jon Goldberg, also applauded the nurse's handling of the situation.
'She not only intervened and tended to the resident, but alerted security so he [Negoue] was apprehended in the building,' he told the Daily News. 'And she had the presence of mind to preserve evidence.'
Goldberg said that Negoue was employed by a third-party contractor who had performed a background check.