A 29-year-old nursing home employee was arrested after staff caught her engaging in sexual contact with a 60-year-old male patient who suffers from a severe mental defect
, police said.
Carolyn M. Wheeler
, 29, of Cortlandt was charged with felony second-degree endangering the welfare of a vulnerable elderly person and misdemeanor second-degree sex abuse.
A recreational leader at the Somers Manor Nursing Home, Wheeler has been fired from her job since her arrest, state police said.
At this point, police are not sure whether Wheeler had multiple sexual contacts with the patient, investigators said.
"Our investigation so far is only revealing this incident," state police Investigator Jennifer Hahl said. "The only reason we know about this incident was because a staff member walked in on it."
Police also are investigating whether other patients may have been victims, though that was difficult because many of the patients in the home suffer from dementia and other mental conditions.
"It's hard to get victims to come forward," Hahl said.