BY LIFE MATTERS MEDIA STAFF
An Ohio man will spend nearly 16 years in prison for raping a disabled woman he was caring for in a nursing home.
Harry Yruegas, of Columbus, pleaded guilty to one count of rape and one count of sexual battery last month. On Friday, a Franklin County judge sentenced him to 15.5 years in prison.
Yruegas, 26, was arrested in 2015 after a coworker walked into a woman’s room and found Yruegas exposed allegedly sexually assaulting a 47-year-old developmentally disabled woman, according to court documents. He reportedly told investigators this was not the first such incident.
The assaults took place at Heinzerling Developmental Center between March 2014 and September 2015.
The victim is unable to speak, so a family member spoke on her behalf.
“It has destroyed her life, it’s destroyed my life,” the victim’s brother told local reporters. “This is a person she should have had trust in. My sister is incapable of doing anything on her own. She needs 24-hour care … What’s been done here is inexcusable, highly inexcusable. I don’t believe this gentleman belongs on the streets running free any time soon.”
Yruegas was fired after the incident, a Heinzerling administrator told The Columbus Dispatch. Yruegas reportedly passed a mandatory background check before he was hired and worked at the facility for about two years.
Upon his release, he will have to register as a top level sex offender. He will also spend five years on probation.