Assisted living employee charged with raping resident with dementia

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James Royce Weber (St. Francois County Sheriff's Department)
James Royce Weber (St. Francois County Sheriff's Department)

An employee of a Missouri assisted living community has been charged with first-degree rape, a felony, after he allegedly had sex with a 74-year-old female resident who has dementia.

James Royce Weber, 44, worked at Farmington Presbyterian Manor, Farmington, MO, according to the Daily Journal.

Court records show that a warrant was issued for Weber on May 11 and served on May 14. His bond was set at $150,000, with his next court date scheduled for June 15.

According to the probable cause statement, the media outlet reported, a visitor to the assisted living community saw Weber exiting a resident's room. Soon thereafter, a shift supervisor entered the woman's room and saw that she was not wearing clothing on the bottom half of her body. The resident reportedly said that she had had sex with Weber.

Weber allegedly told a detective that he had had sex with the resident two times over a three-week period.

The court has ordered Weber to wear GPS monitoring equipment if he posts bond, and he is not allowed to have contact with the resident.

Presbyterian Manor did not respond to a request for comment by the McKnight's Senior Living publication deadline, but the Associated Press reported that the assisted living community issued a statement that Weber has been fired, that the safety and well-being of residents is its top priority and that the community and its parent company, Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America, are cooperating fully with authorities.

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