Worker accused of raping patient at nursing facility

Parkpoom Seesangrit of Great Barrington is seen here during his Palmer District Court arraignment on a rape charge.

PALMER, Mass. (WWLP) – A nursing assistant has pleaded not guilty to charges that he raped a 69 year-old patient at a nursing facility in East Longmeadow.

Parkpoom Seesangrit, 24, of Great Barrington, was ordered held on $500,000 bail during his arraignment Wednesday afternoon in Palmer District Court on two counts of rape and two counts of indecent assault and battery. He also has to surrender his passport and stay away from all nursing homes during the investigation.

East Longmeadow Police Sgt. Patrick Manley told 22News that Seesangrit was arrested late Tuesday night at the facility, the name of which has not been disclosed.

According to Manley, police were called after Seesangrit was found in the room of a woman that he should not have been caring for, in “inappropriate circumstances.”

Seesangrit works in a dementia unit, but he was not supposed to take care of that patient because the nursing home has strict rules against male nurses in female patients’ rooms.

The victim was taken to Baystate Medical Center to be examined. Manley said that they are declining to name the facility at this time, in part because they are investigating to see whether there are other victims.

Seesangrit’s arraignment was expected to happen Wednesday morning, but that was delayed,because he did not have an attorney. One was appointed for him by the court, and the arraignment proceeded in the afternoon.

The next court date has been scheduled for June 5th.

Seesangrit is a full time student at American International College. School spokesman Craig Greenberg told 22News Seesangrit is in a pre-physical therapy program, but his job at the nursing home had nothing to do with the school program.

Statement from East Longmeadow Skilled Nursing Center:

The alleged sexual assault against one of our residents is an abomination and a very serious crime against one of the most vulnerable members of our community. The vast majority of caregivers, whether they work in more residential settings, home health or even in hospital settings are committed to the protection and well-being of our elderly. This employee has been suspended indefinitely while the investigation into this allegation proceeds.

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