Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown, Maryland.
Clear Spring Man Charged With Rape and Other Sex Crimes
Authorities in Hagerstown have arrested a man who allegedly raped an 84-year-old woman with dementia at Meritus Medical Center in October. 53-year-old Alexander William McIntyre faces charges of second-degree rape, physical abuse of a vulnerable adult, and third- and fourth-degree sex offenses.
On Tuesday, November 13, Washington County District Court Judge Mark D. Thomas ordered McIntyre held without bond at the Washington County Detention Center.
On October 15, deputies with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office were called to Meritus Medical Center for a report of a sexual assault that morning. A nurse told arriving deputies that an 84-year-old female dementia patient had been sexually assaulted. The nurse said that she was told about the incident by a clinical observer from the hospital, who witnessed the sexual assault.
The clinical observer says she saw McIntyre lean in to kiss the victim, but that she could not tell if he made contact with the victim’s genitals. She also said she was unsure if she should report the incident to supervisors. McIntyre stopped assaulting the victim when medical staff entered with an X-ray machine.
The victim was readmitted to the ICU because of a deteriorated condition. A nurse then came to the ICU and conducted a sexual assault exam after her condition improved. The results of this exam came back on October 16 and showed evidence of sexual trauma.
McIntyre was served with an arrest warrant on Friday, November 9.