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Police: Oak Lawn Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting Elderly Dementia Patient

Employee at an Orland Park elder care facility told police he "engaged in inappropriate contact.”

An Oak Lawn man was accused of sexually assaulting an elderly woman who was being treated at an Orland Park care facility, according to police.

Robert J. Phelan, 56, of the 9200 block of Mayfield Avenue in Oak Lawn, was charged with one count of aggravated criminal sexual assault.

Orland Park officers were called to Lexington Health Care at 14601 John Humphrey Drive around 4 a.m. Sunday, Orland Park Police Lt. James Bianchi said.

An employee told officers that Phelan was seen “engaged in inappropriate contact” with a 93-year-old female patient who is suffering from dementia, according to police.

The woman later underwent a SANE examination at South Suburban Hospital, which is performed by a sexual abuse expert to determine whether a person was assaulted, Bianchi said.

Based on the employee’s description of events and the SANE examination, Phelan was arrested on Sunday.

“He has no prior history of similar acts that we know of,” Bianchi said. “This was the only time he was reported.”

Administrators at Lexington Health Care were not immediately available for comment.

Phelan appeared at the Fifth Municipal District Courthouse in Bridgeview on Tuesday morning for a hearing, where a judge set bail at $350,000. Phelan is expected back in court Aug. 8.

i can see clearly July 27, 2011 at 09:28 PM
the name and hairline of this creep are familiar arent they.
Russ July 28, 2011 at 05:10 AM
no, give me a hint.
DLC DAVE July 29, 2011 at 12:33 PM
Good old Robert Phelan , who would of thought lol EVERYONE
shirl August 05, 2011 at 09:34 PM
Its sad that one mad witch can ruien a mans life with a lie. He fought for this country, is a father grandfather and uncle... The witch should be put away for life. The is no evidence to prove wrong doing and he has a SHINING record of service.
Oh Please September 25, 2011 at 03:51 AM
Shirl....John Wayne Gacy had a shinning record too...what's your point? Tests were done to determine his culpability.

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