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Facility director accused of covering up rape of patient

Facility director accused of covering up rape of patient

MANDEVILLE, La. (AP) — An associate director at a Mandeville assisted living center that cares for people with Alzheimer's disease and dementia has been accused of covering up evidence that an employee raped a 78-year-old resident.

Mandeville police say in a news release that 55-year-old Julie Henry was arrested Tuesday on charges of obstruction of justice and failure to report abuse of adults.

Henry is the program services director at Beau Provence Memory Care.

Police on Aug. 29 charged 58-year-old cook Jerry J. Kan with first-degree rape.

Investigators say staff members had told Henry about the incident. Police say Henry told the staff not to report it to authorities and destroyed the evidence.

Joe Raspanti, an attorney for Beau Provence, says the facility's ownership and management group believes Henry is innocent.

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