Monday, August 11, 2008

Caregiver to stand trial for sexual assault

The FDL Reporter reports that a 52-year-old man (Oshkosh, Wis.) has been charged with sexually assaulting his stepdaughter. The 28-year-old woman, who suffers from a serious heart problem and uses a ventilator, told authorities that her step-father assaulted her two years ago, at least 15 times, and that he threatened not to suction her breathing tube if she resisted. The woman, who also has a developmental disability, alleges that he once turned off the power to the room, which affected her breathing equipment. The man has been charged with five counts of second-degree sexual assault, and will face a jury trial in late October.