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Former Fairfield Convalescent Home Patient Accused of Sexually Assaulting Non-Verbal Patient

Fairfield Police have arrested a former patient of a convalescent home in the Southport section of town who is accused of sexually assaulting another patient at the facility.

An employee of Regal Care of Southport, a convalescent home, said that a male patient, later identified as 57-year-old Elias Saldana, was seen leaving the room of an elderly non-communicative patient, police said. After further inspection of the 75-year-old patient, the employee found the woman's adult diaper was open and immediately notified officers in January of last year.

Police investigated the incident and examined scientific evidence, interviewed staff members, interviewed family members and interviewed the suspect.

According to police, during the investigation, family members told officers that there were multiple previous incidents involving Saldana accessing the woman's room, specifically against the family's wishes.

The family told officers that Regal Care of Southport assured them that a safety plan was in place to prevent Saldana access to the woman, who police said is non-verbal and non-ambulatory.

Investigators later determined that Saldana illegally accessed the woman's room and sexually assaulted her, police said.

Police arrested Saldana, who is a former patient of the facility, on Monday, January 21. He is facing charges including multiple counts of sexual assault, and single counts of reckless endangerment and burglary.

Saldana was held on a $100,000 court set bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.

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