AUSTIN (KXAN) — A family-installed Ring security camera captured the sexual assault of a resident by a worker at an Austin-area senior living facility, according to police.
Sidney Leon Holmes, 45, is charged with aggravated sexual assault of an elderly/disabled individual, a first-degree felony.
According to the arrest affidavit, police said the incident happened late Tuesday night at the Auberge at Bee Cave.
Investigators said the husband of a 73-year-old woman with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease reported he received a notification from the portable camera installed inside his wife’s room shortly before 9 p.m.
According to police, video recorded by the camera showed the suspect wheeling the woman into her room where he closed the door and proceeded to kiss and then assault her.
Holmes was taken into custody shortly after officers reviewed the video. As of early Thursday afternoon, he remained in custody at the Travis County jail. No defense attorney was listed to provide comment.
The KXAN Investigates Team performed a background check on Holmes. No criminal history was found in Texas; however, the team did locate two separate arrests in 2007 and 2008 in Illinois. The cases were ultimately dismissed.
According to Texas Health and Human Services, only convictions of certain offenses disqualify a person from becoming a licensed nurse’s aide.
HHSC said it is taking the allegations at the Auberge at Bee Cave seriously, releasing a statement reading, in part:
“We were not notified by law enforcement, but we are aware of the situation and have an open investigation to assess whether the facility violated any regulations related to resident health or safety.”TEXAS HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSION
KXAN looked up the most recent HHSC data for the facility. State inspectors last took a comprehensive look at the 90-bed home in September and found no violations of state standards.
Fronter Management, the parent company of the Auberge, said in a statement it is “devastated” by the allegations and is cooperating with law enforcement, adding the following:
“The Auberge at Bee Cave is committed to providing a safe environment for all residents and has absolutely zero tolerance for this type of behavior. The health and safety of our residents has, and will always be, our number one priority. If any instances of misconduct are ever reported, we take them seriously and report them to DHS or law enforcement.”Tyler Mason, regional vice president of Frontier Management
KXAN’s Dalton Huey, Avery Travis and Phillip Robb contributed additional reporting to this story.