A nursing home employee from Indiana, accused of raping an elderly dementia patient, appeared in court. David Garcia, 35, covered his face as he was walked to court in handcuffs. Prosecutors say Garcia was a Certified Nursing Assistant at the Hanover Nursing Center. He’s accused of raping a 74-year-old woman who suffers from dementia. The victim told investigators she had sex with a man and pointed toward her groin. Garcia denied having sex with the patient, explaining away evidence investigators found on a blanket in the room. The alleged assault happened December 1.
A judge entered a not guilty plea on his behalf and appointed him a public defender. Garcia is being held on a $50,000 cash bond. The case is scheduled to go to trial in March.