Indictment: Nursing home housekeeper raped dementia patient

December 23, 2021 GMT

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A housekeeper arrested in September for allegedly raping an 81-year-old dementia patient at a Rochester nursing home has been indicted on charges including rape and criminal sexual act, New York Attorney General Letitia James said Thursday.

Khadka Pradhan, 51, is accused of assaulting the woman in her room at the Shore Winds Nursing Home around 6:30 a.m. on Sept. 29. Pradhan was arrested the same day and pleaded not guilty to charges in a criminal complaint.

No date has been set for Pradhan’s arraignment on the charges in the indictment. He faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.

A message seeking comment was left with Pradhan’s lawyer.

James, in a statement, said the charges were “as heinous and disturbing as they come.”

“The idea that one of our most vulnerable could be so severely abused and taken advantage of is a real shock to the conscience,” James said. “But make no mistake: We will go after anyone who commits such horrific crimes and hold them accountable to the fullest extent of the law.”

Shore Winds Nursing Home issued a statement at the time of Pradhan’s arrest in September saying that he was immediately suspended without pay and barred from the facility. Shore Winds said it was fully cooperating with the investigation.