Denver nursing facility aide Richard Jama charged with sexually assaulting 71-year-old resident

Police: Victim had prior traumatic brain injury

DENVER - Denver prosecutors have charged a certified nurse aide with sexually assaulting a 71-year-old resident of a skilled nursing facility.

Richard Jama has been charged with two counts of sexual assault on an at-risk adult, said Lynn Kimbrough, spokeswoman for Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey.

Denver police were called on April 6 by officials at the Spearly Center who reported that a disabled resident had sexual contact with the 39-year-old Jama on that day. The victim, a 71-year-old woman, had suffered a traumatic brain injury in the past that impaired her speech. The woman had been living in the secured nursing facility for 13 years, a detective wrote in an arrest affidavit.

At about 11:10 a.m. on April 6, a housekeeper tried to enter a room, but she was unable to open the door fully because something was blocking it, the affidavit said.

The housekeeper told a detective that she looked around the door and saw Jama standing with his pants unzipped in front of the female victim. Jama zipped up his pants, the housekeeper said.

The affidavit indicates that the room is occupied by three male residents, and the victim was visiting the room.

Police reviewed surveillance video from a camera posted in a hallway outside the room. The video shows Jama entering the room prior to the victim. Then the victim enters the room, followed a couple minutes later by the housekeeper, who knocked on the door before entering. Moments after the housekeeper enters the room, the victim is seen leaving.

A detective later interviewed the victim, who speaks a foreign language, with the woman's son acting as a translator.  

The victim said Jama had previously given her cigarettes. The detective asked the woman if there had been other sexual contact incidents with Jama, and she said he had sexual intercourse with her in her room about one month earlier.

Police confirmed that Jama was certified by the state as a nurse aide. He has worked at the Spearly Center since November 2010.

Jama has been released on $60,000 bond and is scheduled to return to court on Thursday.

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