By: Chloe Leshner
NEW BEDFORD, M.A. (WLNE) — A man has been accused of raping two residents at the nursing home he works at.
According to the Bristol County District Attorney’s office, Jacob King, 57, was charged with three counts of rape after a couple of incidents were reported at Savoy Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on County Street.
ABC 6 News spoke to the owner of Savoy Nursing and Rehab Center by phone, he says the safety and privacy of their clients is the number 1 priority but court documents show the alleged rapes were happening for some time.
A male nurse at the Savoy Nursing and Rehab Center, off the job. 57 year old Jacob King charged with 3 counts of rape involving 2 people at the center.
"These are places where we put our loved ones to be taken care of, to be safe, to be rehabilitated and this is a little disturbing," says Brian Gomes, a City Councilor.
According to court documents, King, who had been working at Savoy for 3 years, said he had relations with the 2 women for several weeks. King told police they were "affairs" and denies ever forcing himself on them. One of the women told police their relationship started off as texting but King eventually sexually assaulted her in the bathroom at the rehab center.
The owner of Savoy Nursing and Rehab Didie Watsop would not get into any specifics about the alleged incidents, only telling ABC 6 the staff works everyday to protect its residents.
Despite how this looks, city officials don't want residents to be alarmed.
"This is an isolated incident. I believe the facilities across this city and commonwealth are safe," says Gomes.
Police are reviewing text messages and pictures from King's phone. He's on home confinement until his next court date. He was also ordered to stay away from Savoy Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, as well as the two victims.
We reached out to his attorney, who had no comment.
King is scheduled to appear back in court in December.
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