A North Carolina court has convicted a caregiver who has worked at multiple nursing homes of raping two elderly patients, as reported by FOX 8.
Luis Gomez, 58, was finally convicted after two brave victims stepped forward, one entering the court room in a wheelchair with two oxygen tanks behind her. The woman described a night of horror in which the nursing assistant locked the door to her room and cruelly raped her.
“In 2016, Your Honor, he made the grave mistake of hurting the wrong woman,” a prosecuting attorney said in remarks obtained by CNN. “She was brave enough to tell, and she wouldn’t be quiet until everybody listened. And because of her, that’s the only reason that we are finally able to put him in prison.”
The prosecuting attorney also accused Gomez of preying on multiple women for over a decade, using the disease of Alzeimer’s as a cover.
“What this man has done for a period of almost a decade is … prey on Alzheimer’s patients because they’re forgetful and they can’t remember and oftentimes they die,” the attorney noted.
Six other women have accused Gomez of sexual assault, ranging in age from 60 to 90, court documents indicate. Other women have come forward throughout the years, only to have their mental faculties come into question due to their age and their affliction with Alzheimer’s. In 2011, a woman insisted he touched her inappropriately but then retracted, saying she was “maybe confused.”
Another woman told authorities that she woke up screaming as Gomez assaulted her in the dead of night. The following year, yet another patient accused Gomez of rape, but she passed away before the case could come to trial, as reported by CNN. The court also heard of an incident in which Gomez raped a stroke victim, an assault that sent her to the psychiatric ward.
Right before the judge issued his sentence, the wheelchair-bound victim approached her rapist and spoke to him with grace and dignity.
“The Lord loves you,” she told her attacker. “Even though what you did is wrong, the Good Book says that I must love you, even though you did me wrong; and I do. I love you, and I pray that the others learn to forgive you and love you as I have. May you go in peace.”
He was convicted on six counts that included forcible rape with a physically helpless victim. Luis Gomez will serve at least 23 years behind bars. He maintains his innocence.
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