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A local nursing home employee is being charged with rape after authorities say he took advantage of a resident who was incapacitated because of a mental condition.

James Royce Weber, 44, of Bonne Terre, is charged with an unclassified felony of rape in the first degree.

According to a probable cause statement, a detective with the Farmington Police Department was dispatched to Presbyterian Manor, off Cayce Avenue in Farmington, in reference to sexual misconduct by an employee.

Reportedly, Weber was seen by a visitor coming out of resident’s room. A short time later the shift supervisor entered the room and saw the 74-year-old resident was unclothed from the waist down.

When questioned, the resident said she had sexual intercourse with Weber.

When a detective interviewed Weber he reportedly admitted having sexual intercourse on two occasions with the resident.

According to court documents, Weber told the detective it occurred on two separate occasions approximately three weeks apart.

Those same official documents indicate the resident’s medical history includes references to Alzheimer’s, dementia and several health disorders.

Records show he was arrested on a warrant for the charge with bond set at $150,000. Additionally, he was required to have GPS monitoring if he did post bond, and not have any contact with the victim.

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Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or rbronaugh@dailyjournalonline.com

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