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Coventry Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting a Disabled Woman

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By: Melissa Toupin

mtoupin@abc6.com

A worker at a center for people with special needs in Warwick accused of raping a disabled woman. And this is not the first time there's been a problem at this facility.

Today a grand jury indicted 41-year-old Derek Wilson, a worker at the Trudeau Center, where police say the attack happened.

The Trudeau Center speaking out after an employee is charged with raping a developmentally disabled woman.  

"Whenever anything like this happens we feel just disappointed.  And I felt extremely disappointed and have," said President and CEO Donald Armstrong.

 That employee, 41-year-old Derek Wilson of Coventry, has been suspended since the rape was reported last summer. The attack happening at the Center's Patterson building on Commwealth Avenue where Wilson worked as a delivery truck driver. 

"He would pick up and deliver products from our day program to different companies throughout Rhode Island," said Armstrong.

Wilson was a 3 year employee of the Center. Armstrong says Wilson passed a thorough background check prior to being hired.

"Our very first priority is ensuring the safety of the people for whom we provide support," said Armstrong.

The center, which provides services to people with special needs, says it stepped up its employee screening after another attack in 2007. In that case a worker was charged with attacking a client at an off-site apartment owned by the center.

Armstrong says the screening includes a background check and fingerprints.

Wilson is being held without bail. He is due back in court tomorrow. 

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