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Sexual Assault Allegations at Georgia Heathcare Facility

May 19, 2013

Last week, three women at River Towne Center, a long-term healthcare facility in Columbus, Georgia, reported to the facility staff that they had been the victims of sexual assault. Police are conducting an investigation into the allegations.

The women, ages  53, 54, and 75, allege that the incidents occurred between late April and early May of this year.

Officials at the facility assert that none of their employees are accused of committing the sexual assaults but rather that the complaints concern instances of unwanted sexual contact from two male patients. In addition to reporting the sexual abuse to law enforcement and the State Department of Health, River Towne Center is conducting its own internal investigation into the matter. One man who was accused of committing the sexual assaults is no longer a resident of the facility.

Staff members responded quickly to the sexual abuse allegations and remain concerned for all patients’ safety and well-being at the facility.

Columbus Police Sergeant Craig Harris, who works in the Sex Crimes Division, told community members that more details are expected to be released as they continue to conduct their investigation. Other incidents of sexual abuse may be uncovered by the inquiry. As of this time, no suspects have been named and no arrests have been made by police.

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