Ex-nursing home worker gets up to 8 years of rape of patient

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A certified nursing assistant convicted of raping a patient with dementia at the Massachusetts nursing facility where he worked has been sentenced to up to eight years in prison.

The Republican newspaper reports that Parkpoom Seesangrit was sentenced this week following his conviction last week at a jury-waived trial.

Prosecutors said that the 27-year-old Seesangrit digitally raped the 69-year-old woman while changing her at the East Longmeadow Skilled Nursing Center in May 2014. They say he chose to change her even though the facility had a policy of not permitting men to render such care to female patients.

Seesangrit testified in his own defense that he did not touch the woman inappropriately.