COVINGTON, LA (WVUE) - A former cook at an assisting living facility in Mandeville is facing charges of first degree rape of a person over the age of 65. District Attorney Warren Montgomery announced that a St. Tammany Parish grand jury indicted 58-year-old Jerry J. Kan for allegedly raping a 78-year old resident of the Beau Provence Memory Care Assisted Living.
According to the D-A's office, an employee of Beau Provence contacted the Mandeville Police Department on August 26, 2016 with information about possible sexual misconduct between Kan, who was working at the facility at the time, and a 78-year-old resident. Kan had been seen exiting the resident's room several times on Aug. 21. A nurse who went to check on the resident after Kan left found her partially clothed and attempting to get dressed. An investigation resulted in Kan's arrest on August 29.
Beau Provence exclusively serves people who have been diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer's disease. An administrator at the facility, 55-year-old Julie Henry was later charged with obstruction of justice. She's accused of concealing evidence in the rape case. Investigators said they learned that Henry was advised of the rape by the Beau Provence staff but instructed the staff not to report the incident to police. The Beau Provence staff turned over evidence to Henry relating to the rape, which she then destroyed, according to police.Her case is still under review.