Ohio Nurse Admitted to Raping and Sexually Assaulting Elderly Men with Dementia

‘Some of Them Couldn’t Even Speak’

A 23-year-old nursing assistant in Ohio was arrested this week after authorities say she filmed herself sexually assaulting and raping multiple elderly male residents with dementia at an assisted living facility where she worked. Tiara Lynn Ford was taken into custody on Thursday afternoon and charged with one count of rape, a first-degree felony, and two counts of gross sexual imposition, both fourth-degree felonies, court records reviewed by Law&Crime indicate.

Additional court documents obtained by Cincinnati ABC affiliate WEWS say Ford’s arrest came after the Massillon Police Department conducted a two-week investigation into allegations of sexual assaults at The Inn at University Village. During the investigation, detectives reportedly obtained “video recordings of Ms. Ford sexually assaulting elderly residents of the facility,” police reportedly said in a press release obtained by the TV station. Ford’s victims were reportedly men in their late 80s and early 90s.

Court documents filed in Stark County Common Pleas Court allege that Ford began filming her alleged sexual assaults Dec. 1, 2019, and continued the alleged criminal behavior until Dec. 4, 2021, The Repository (a Canton, Ohio newspaper) reported. Prosecutors reportedly alleged that Ford was fully aware that her alleged victims “ability to consent or resist was substantially impaired because of a mental or physical condition or because of advanced age.”

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