LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - Lufkin Police have arrested a nursing home worker for allegedly exposing himself to a 91-year-old resident and assaulting her when she refused to touch him.
Telesforo Vasquez III, 25, of Lufkin, is charged with injury to the elderly and attempted sexual assault.
According to the police report, the warrants were issued following an investigation into an incident that occurred Nov. 24 at Castle Pines Rehabilitation Center, located in the 2400 block of West Frank Avenue.
The investigation revealed that Vasquez exposed his genitals to a 91-year-old female resident of the facility and directed her to touch his genitals, according to the report. When the resident refused, Vasquez forced her down, causing injury to her hip and buttock area.
On Wednesday, police obtained a warrant for Vasquez's arrest. Police notified Vasquez of the warrant and he surrendered at the Angelina County Jail.
He is in jail on a $150,000 bond.
An administrator at the nursing home said company policy did not allow him to comment on the incident. However, an arrest warrant affidavit states the nursing home conducted its own investigation and terminated Vasquez.
The affidavit states police used the victim's statement and her visible injuries as evidence to obtain the warrant.
Rather than be respected and protected, elderly citizens are becoming victims of abuse.
"They're not capable of taking care of themselves," said Robin Hight, the director of the Angelina County Senior Citizen Center. "They depend on you to take care of them and if you mistreat them, that's the worst."
Hight, says she hears about it happening all of the time.
Even in nursing homes by the very employees residents depend on.
"In this case the nursing home did report the incident to us as they are required to do," said Allison Lowery, the spokesperson for the Department of Aging and Disability Services.