A 23-year-old nursing assistant in Ohio was arrested this week after authorities said she filmed herself sexually assaulting and raping several elderly male residents with dementia at an assisted-living facility where she worked. Tiara Lynn Ford was taken into custody Thursday afternoon and charged with one count of rape, one first-degree felony and two counts of gross sexual assault, both fourth-degree felonies. court records reviewed by Law&Crime.
Additional Court Documents received from Cincinnati ABC affiliate WEWS says Ford’s arrest came after the Massillon Police Department conducted a two-week investigation into allegations of sexual assault at The Inn at University Village. During the investigation, detectives reportedly received “video footage of Ms. Ford sexually abusing elderly residents at the facility,” police reportedly said in a press release seen by the television network. Ford’s victims were reportedly men in their late 80s and early 90s.
A person, whom police had not identified in a probable cause affidavit, reportedly sent the videos to the assisted-living facility in February. After receiving the videos, the facility is said to have contacted the police and initiated the investigation.
Per WEWS, Ford allegedly used a cellphone to record herself sexually assaulting several men with dementia before stepping down from her role as a registered nurse in December.
“Shock. Shock. That’s the best way to describe my reaction to it,” Massillon Police Detective David McConnell said WEWS. “Some of them couldn’t even speak. You know, they’re older, didn’t know what was going on, and she did it for her own personal gratification.”
Court documents filed in Stark County Common Pleas Court allege that Ford began filming her alleged sexual assault on December 1, 2019 and continued the alleged criminal conduct through December 4, 2021. The repository (a newspaper from Canton, Ohio) reported. Prosecutors reportedly claimed that Ford was fully aware that their alleged victims “were materially impaired in their ability to consent or resist because of a mental or physical condition or because of advanced age.”
After their arrest, police said Ford confessed to deliberately filming the assaults.
“[S]he admitted all of that, admitted to making those videos of himself,” said Det. McConnell is said to have said.
The inn said it had informed residents’ families of the alleged assaults.
“The safety and well-being of our residents is our top priority. We were recently informed that a former employee was involved in the abuse of residents,” the facility said in a statement to WEWS. “We immediately notified the affected families, the police and other relevant authorities. We are fully cooperating with the authorities in their investigation. Due to the ongoing investigation and HIPAA laws, we are unable to comment further at this time.”
Ford was treated and booked in the Stark County Jail; she stayed there from Friday evening. She is scheduled to appear before the judge in the Stark County Court of Common Pleas Christine Bauer for her indictment on November 11.
Det. McConnell reportedly told WEWS that while police don’t believe there are any more victims, detectives are keeping the investigation open and encouraging any affected family members to contact the department.
“I don’t think there are, but we’re going to make sure there aren’t,” McConnell reportedly said.
[image via Massillon Police Dept.]
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