Former memory care community cook gets 12 years for resident rape

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Jerry Kan (Mandeville Police Department)
Jerry Kan (Mandeville Police Department)

A former memory care community cook whose case was highlighted in a CNN report earlier this year has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for raping a resident.

Jerry Kan, who worked at Beau Provence Memory Care Assisted Living in Mandeville, LA, was arrested in August 2016 after he was seen leaving a 78-year-old resident's room and a nurse found the resident partially clothed and trying to get dressed. Kan maintained that the sex was consensual. Prosecutors, however, successfully argued that because the woman had dementia, she was unable to give consent. The jury returned a unanimous verdict of guilty in August.

Kan must serve the entire sentence, Judge William Burris said, according to a news release issued by District Attorney Warren Montgomery.

Kan's case was highlighted in February in a CNN report that said that more than 16,000 cases of sexual abuse have been reported in nursing homes and assisted living communities since 2000.

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