Man arrested after nursing home assault

Morris Rosley Nelson (Source: Fairfield County Sheriff's Department)
Morris Rosley Nelson (Source: Fairfield County Sheriff's Department)

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, SC (WIS) - A Kershaw County man is in jail after authorities say he entered a nursing home and tried to sexually assault a 56-year-old woman.

According to Fairfield County Sheriff's Department Captain Brad Douglas, 54-year-old Morris Rosley Nelson went to Fairfield Healthcare Center in Ridgeway last Wednesday and attempted to have intercourse with the woman when an employee walked in.

"She apparently was doing a routine checkup, looked in and saw this transpiring," said Douglas. The employee called police and Nelson was arrested.

Douglas says this was not a random attack and that Nelson is an acquaintance of the victim. "We do want people to know this wasn't just someone off the street, coming in to some unknown person and committing this act," said Douglas.

"It's disturbing to everyone including us in law enforcement," said Douglas. "Fortunately, we don't see it a lot."

A spokesperson for Fairfield Healthcare Center's parent company Laurel Baye Healthcare, denied our request for an interview. But, Karl Eleazer said the safety and privacy of their residents come first. Eleazer says they're cooperating fully with the investigation.

Eleazer added that the company is federally mandated to allow guests to visit their residents, as well as provide them privacy.

The sheriff's department says Fairfield Healthcare appears to have done everything right in this situation, stressing again that this wasn't a random attack.

Nelson is charged with assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct in the third degree. Douglas says Nelson's charges could be upgraded, if tests reveal he had intercourse with the victim.

Nelson is in the Fairfield County Detention center awaiting an appearance before a circuit court judge.

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