The Berkshire Eagle reported in an article that another nursing home employee was guilty of raping a resident. Sean P. Murphy pleaded guilty in Berkshire Superior Court to raping a 74-year-old woman at a local nursing and rehabilitation center. The Boston Herald had details regarding the sentencing here.
Murphy was arrested on July 4, 2008, following an investigation while he was employed at Hillcrest Commons where the incident took place. The victim told law enforcement officers that Murphy had sexually assaulted her when he came in her room at night to examine her. Nurses discovered a used condom in the victim’s room.
He originally refused the officers’ request to provide a DNA sample. But after he was arrested, Murphy consented to giving a DNA sample after the officers said they could obtain a court order for one. Murphy was sentenced to 7 to 10 years by a judge who said he considered the punishment too lenient.