A Louisiana man working at an assisted living community geared toward people stricken with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia allegedly raped an elderly woman living at the facility, police said.
Jerry J. Kan, 58, was arrested Monday and charged with first-degree rape of a 78-year-old woman living at Beau Provence Memory Care Assisted Living, Mandeville Police said.
Kan, a married veteran and father, allegedly raped the female resident in her bedroom August 21 while he worked as a cook at the facility, authorities said. He resigned two days later.
Investigators began their probe on August 25 after receiving information Kan had alleged inappropriate contact with a female resident, cops said.
“Beau Provence recognizes and holds in the highest regard the sacred trust that our residents and their loved ones place in us, and the safety and well-being of our residents is always our utmost priority and concern. All of our residents are currently safe and secure, including the alleged victim in this incident,” the assisted living facility said in a statement.
Kan was employed by Beau Provence since April and had not previously been employed by any other assisted living facilities.
Officials with the assisted living community said they were "shocked and disheartened" by the allegations, saying: "We utilize extensive background checks and safety and security measures precisely to safeguard our communities against anyone who could potentially pose a threat to our residents."
"Mr. Kan’s spotless record as a former United States Marine and devoted husband and father gave no indication that he would be anything but a trustworthy employee,” Beau Provence said.
The living facility is working with the Mandeville Police Department and Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, it said.
“We are extremely saddened and sorry about the alleged actions of this individual. Our focus moving forward is to take all further precautions necessary to ensure the well-being and safety of the entire Beau Provence community.”
Kan was booked at the St. Tammany Parish Jail, where he remained Thursday on $150,000 bond, authorities said. He was also ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim.
He is being represented by the public defender’s office, which has not yet responded to an InsideEdition.com request for comment. He has not yet entered a plea.