Oneida Nursing Home Aide Arrested For Raping 92-year-old Patient

Attorney General Spitzer today announced the arrest of Arthur C. Wallace, a certified nurse's assistant formerly employed at the Oneida City Hospital Extended Care Facility in Oneida, New York, for repeatedly raping an elderly female resident at the facility during a two-month period in 1997.

Wallace, who is presently being held in the Madison County Jail on $100,000 bail following his arrest on rape charges Wednesday, appeared this morning in Oneida City Court before Judge Anthony Eppolito and was arraigned on four addition counts of Rape in the First Degree. If convicted, he faces consecutive sentences of 12 1/2 to 25 years in prison.

"One can hardly imagine a crime more horrible than sexually violating an elderly person," said Spitzer. "I hope this prosecution sends a strong message to nursing homes throughout the State to carefully scrutinize the employees they entrust with the care of our most vulnerable citizens."

Attorney General Spitzer noted that three weeks ago his Medicaid Fraud Control Unit immediately initiated an investigation of the allegation after being notified by the State Department of Health.

According to the charges filed in the case, Wallace, while employed at the facility, forcibly raped a 92-year-old patient on 5 separate occasions between September and October 1997.

Wallace, 42, resides at Handsome Brook Trailer Park, on Shawler Brook Road in Sherburne, New York. He was employed as a certified nurse's assistant at Oneida, a 160-bed health care facility located at 323 Genesee Street in Oneida, from November 11, 1996, to September 14, 1998, when he was terminated for sexually harassing fellow employees. The Attorney General expressed his thanks to the State Department of Health's Office of Health Systems Management for its initial referral, and to the administration of the Oneida City Hospital Extended Care Facility for its cooperation during the course of the investigation.

The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Ralph D. Tortora, III, Director of the Syracuse Regional Office of Attorney General Spitzer's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. All cases are handled under the direct supervision of Deputy Attorney General Jose Maldonado. The charges against Wallace are accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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