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Smithfield police have charged an employee of an assisted-living center with sexually assaulting a female resident.
Just before 3 a.m. on Dec. 19, police were called to Brookdale Senior Living at 830 Berkshire Road, where a supervisor had detained an employee on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 79-year-old resident, according to police and Brookdale.
Police soon arrested an employee, Joseph Ngigi Kariuki, 47, of Clayton, and charged him with second-degree forcible rape. A magistrate set his bond at $100,000.
After the incident, Brookdale released a statement.
“We are saddened by these allegations, as having the trust of our residents and their families is extremely important to us,” the statement said. “We take the safety and wellbeing of our residents very seriously. Inappropriate conduct or behavior is never tolerated and is dealt with swiftly.”
“Our company has thorough employment standards in place, including background checks, complying with state rules and regulations, and ongoing training of employees,” the statement added. “Our hiring policies were followed in regard to this individual.”
Brookdale said it could provide no further details, citing “privacy for those involved.”