FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 11, 1999
Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that a former Baltimore City nursing home resident has been charged with two counts each of third and fourth degree sexual offenses for sexually assaulting two vulnerable adult nursing home residents at Lorien Nursing & Rehabilitation Center-Frankford located in Baltimore City. At the time of the incident, defendant Keith Lewis, 45, was residing at Lorien-Frankford pursuant to a Compassionate Release Order issued by Baltimore City Circuit Court, releasing him from the Baltimore City Detention Center to Lorien-Frankford because of his medical condition.
The Indictment, returned by the Baltimore City Grand Jury, alleges that on two separate occasions, Lewis fondled an 84 year-old and 95 year-old woman who were also residents at the nursing home. Both women are senile and unable to communicate. The charges against Lewis were filed at the request of Maryland Attorney General Curran.
While an indictment is only an accusation of wrongdoing, and all persons are presumed innocent unless proven guilty, a charge of sexual offense in the third degree is a felony punishable by a maximum sentence of up to ten years in jail. A charge of sexual offense in the fourth degree is a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum sentence of up to one year imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $1,000.