A Kenyan-born man was on Thursday sentenced for life by a US Court after he was found guilty of raping an elderly woman who was suffering from dementia.
Anthony Mamboleo Nyakeo, a former health care worker in Texas, was convicted with sexually assaulting a 74-year-old woman, according to Dallas News.
“After the assault, nurses caring for the patient found blood in her underwear. An exam found evidence of vaginal tearing consistent with sexual abuse, and staff recovered DNA during a sexual assault exam that was eventually used to tie Nyakeo to the assault,” Dallas district attorney’s office said.
Nyakeo was accused of committing the offense at Woodridge Health and Rehabilitation Center in Grapevine in January 2018.
The court heard that Nyakeo committed the act despite knowing that the patient could not consent to sex or resist due to her mental condition.
“She could not speak, feed herself or use the bathroom on her own as she wore a diaper and relied on staff,” Jordan Rolfe, the lead prosecutor told the court.
In his defense, Nyakeo pleaded innocence, claiming that someone took his DNA from a used condom and planted it on the victim’s body.
“I just gave her a shower and took her to the dining area,” he said.
A colleague who testified against him said he immediately suspected a sexual assault after she saw the condition of the woman.
“It is not something you see happening every day, especially to an elderly woman in that age, at least not to my knowledge,” he said.
Prosecutors also told the court that Nyakeo had sexually harassed his co-workers and that he attempted to flee Texas during the investigation.
“He told his friends and former coworkers to lie on his behalf during the trial,” the prosecution said in court documents.
Nyakeo was convicted of two counts of aggravated sexual assault of an elderly or disabled person.
The victim, who was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, died later that year at 75.