Utica Man Charged In Rape Of 90 Year-old Nursing Home Resident

Attorney General Spitzer today announced the arrest of a Utica man charged yesterday with the rape of an elderly Rome nursing home resident in May of this year.

The charge filed against William Morrison, 45, of 42 Auburn St., alleges that he raped a 90-year-old woman who was a resident of the Rome Memorial Hospital Residential Health Care Facility. Morrison was working as a Certified Nurse Aide at the facility when the alleged assault took place.

Morrison was arraigned Wednesday on the charge of Rape in the First Degree, before Rome City Court Judge Daniel Wilson. The charge carries a maximum possible prison sentence of 25 years upon conviction.

The charge was filed after an investigation by the Syracuse office of the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, and the Rome Police Department. The investigation was prompted by a complaint filed by nursing home administrators, who cooperated in the investigation. Following his arraignment, Morrison was ordered held in lieu of $50,000 bail set by Judge Wilson. The case is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on June 19, to determine whether Morrison should be held for action by the Oneida County Grand Jury.

The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Ralph Tortora, head the Syracuse office of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, with the investigative assistance of Special Investigator Christopher Burns, also of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, as well as the Rome Police Department.

The Attorney General wished to acknowledge the assistance and cooperation of the New York State Police and Oneida County District Attorney Richard Arcuri.

The charges against the defendant are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.