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Man accused of sexually abusing 98-year-old nursing home resident

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EAST GREENBUSH, N.Y. - Police in East Greenbush say a man has been arrested after allegedly sexually abusing a 98-year-old woman at a local nursing home.

According to police, 68-year-old Wallace Wheeler, of Castleton, has been arrested for sexually abusing the elderly female victim, who is physically helpless with dementia, at Evergreen Commons Nursing Home on Luther Road.

Wheeler allegedly made sexual contact with the woman by kissing her on the lips and grabbing her breast. The incident was observed by nursing home staff on August 30th and an investigation was conducted thereafter.

Police tell NEWS10 Wheeler began visiting the Evergreen Commons Nursing Home to see a relative, yet Wheeler continued to visit the nursing home for weeks and perhaps months after his relative moved out.

Police are reviewing the guest log book for Evergreen Commons, as well as other adult care facilities in the area, as police believe there may be more victims.

Wheeler is charged with Sexual Abuse 1st-degree and Forcible Touching.

NEWS10 is investigating the story and will have more later today. Check back to News10.com for updates.

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