Lenoir man convicted of sexually assaulting older relative

Nursing home resident attacked while lying in bed, records show
May. 30, 2013 @ 08:37 AM

A Lenoir man accused of sexually assaulting an elderly, disabled relative suffering from Alzheimer’s at a Boone nursing home will spend at least the next 12 years in prison.

Charles Michael Horton, 61, of 517 Hartley Place pleaded guilty May 22 to one count of second-degree sexual offense as part of a deal with prosecutors, who dropped a second-degree rape charge and another count of second-degree sexual offense. A charge of sexual battery is still pending and tentatively scheduled for a hearing July 9. Horton was sentenced to between 12 years two months and 15 years eight months in prison. He received credit for 120 days time served. Horton must also register as a sex offender and submit to satellite-based monitoring for the rest of his life.

Police say Horton entered the Glenbridge Health and Rehabilitation in Boone on Jan. 10 and weny to the room of a 76-year-old woman. A witness saw Horton sexually assaulting the patient, who suffers from dementia and has a speech and comprehension impairment that left her unable to speak. The nursing home staff called police, who found Horton walking near the nursing home.

A search of the N.C. Department of Public Safety website shows Horton has been convicted of assault on a public official, assault on a female, resisting an officer, larceny, driving while license revoked, receiving stolen goods, and a host of drug possession and sales charges dating back to 1982.