Thursday, June 12, 2008

Break's Over

I took a few weeks from blogging to work on some other stuff, but I'm back. I found this story on

By Associated Press
SALEM, Ore. (AP) - A 59-year-old former caregiver has gone on trial, accused of raping a mentally handicapped 70-year-old in her apartment at an assisted-care facility in Sublimity.

John Alvin Taylor is charged with rape and sodomy because the woman is unable to consent legally to sex, although his defense disputes that point.

The woman suffered a brain injury in a car wreck in her early 20s that killed her husband, prosecutor Matt Kemmy said.

In September 2005, a female caregiver preparing to shower the woman found a condom wrapper floating in the apartment's toilet, Kemmy said Tuesday in an opening statement.

The woman told investigators that Taylor had oral, vaginal and anal sex with her, Kemmy said.

The sex confused her, Kemmy said. "She couldn't have babies after the accident. She wasn't sure why he was doing this."

Defense attorney John Halpern said he will challenge the assertion that the woman is incapable of consenting to sex.

"There are some myths surrounding her," Halpern said. "We want to put them to the test."

As testimony began, medication aide Nicole Walczak said Taylor disappeared for a time during their shift the night of Sept. 29, 2005. When he turned up, he told her he had been taking a nap, she said.

He was fired after the shift and arrested in 2007.

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