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A 57-year-old Colbert man has been charged with sexually battering a nursing home patient who has Alzheimer’s disease.


Ronnie Peters was charged this week with sexual battery.


Peters is accused of inappropriately touching a woman on July 4 at Southern Point Living Center in Colbert.


Colbert Police Chief Jeff Goerke began investigating after a nursing director contacted him and said a man had sexually assaulted an Alzheimer’s patient.


An affidavit states that an unknown man, later identified as Peters, came to the nursing home on July 3 and said he was looking for a friend, but could not remember her name. He then pointed to a woman and went to visit her.


The next day, Peters returned, according to the affidavit, and a nursing home employee saw him with his hand inside the woman’s pants. The employee went to get the nursing director, and as they were returning to the woman’s room, Peters escorted the woman to back to the living-room area, and he then left the facility.


The person that witnessed the alleged incident did not know Peters, but other staff members identified him, according to the affidavit.


Goerke went to Peters’ residence in Colbert to question him. The affidavit states that Peters said he did got to the facility to visit an old friend, but he denied touching the woman in an inappropriate manner.


Peters was arrested and he is being held in jail on $100,000 bond.


According to court records, Peters has a prior conviction in 1994 for aggravated sexual assault of a child in Carrollton, Texas.


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