28-year-old Bryan Arellano Monasterio was arrested on Monday for allegedly sexually assaulting a 77-year-old woman at a senior living facility in Harris County on October 1, 2018.
Police say that last October, Monasterio entered the apartment complex on the 13800 block of Canyon Hill Street through an unlocked door. He then allegedly forced open a secured door and entered the residential units at Ahepa 29 Apartments. According to the authorities, he then covered the peephole on the vicitm's door and pretended that he was a maintenance man so that she would open the door. He then allegedly entered the victim's room and sexually assaulted her, demanded money from her, and threatened to kill her if she contacted the police.
Investigators say that Monasterio then ran from the building following the assault.
Surveillance video showing the attacker was released to the public and an anonymous tip led investigators to Monasterio. Authorities issued a DNA test which reportedly matched Monasterio.
Monasterio has been charged with two counts of aggravated sex assault of the elderly and one count of aggravated robbery of a person over 65. If convicted, he could face up to life in prison.
Attorney Marc Lenahan represents sexual assault victims and their families in civil lawsuits. Here is some general information from Marc regarding the legal options available to those who have been sexually assaulted in senior living facilities and nursing homes:
The owners of senior living facilities and nursing homes have a critical responsibility to make sure all of their residents are safe and are provided with a high standard of care. These residents and their families deserve the security of knowing that there is no risk of abuse or neglect. When a resident is sexually abused by an employee, a fellow resident, or an intruder, it's important to determine if the facility failed in this responsibility to protect their residents.
In many cases of nursing home abuse, the facility is partially responsible for failing to keep their residents safe due to negligence. In cases of negligence, these victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit against the facility.
If you or a loved one has been sexually abused in a nursing home or senior living facility, you can learn more about your family's legal options by speaking with an experienced sexual abuse survivors lawyer.