Court docs: Woman raped in nursing home for months

Police: Suspect met eldery woman at her church

Richard D. Vandenberg, 59, shown in a jail booking photo. (MCSO)
Richard D. Vandenberg, 59, shown in a jail booking photo. (MCSO)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A Portland man has been arrested for the alleged rape of a 73-year-old woman who detectives say he met at church before abusing her at her nursing home.

Richard D. Vandenberg, 59, was brought into Portland police custody Wednesday afternoon.

According to the documents, Vandenberg’s elderly victim was incapable of consent by “reason of mental incapacitation.”

Portland Police Sgt. Pete Simpson said Vandenberg had befriended her at the church before abusing her at the nursing home. The alleged abuse occurred between May and August 2013, court documents state.

Vandenberg did not work at the nursing home where the abuse occurred, Simpson said.

Vandenberg is expected to appear before Judge Kelley Skye to be arraigned on a 16-count secret grand jury indictment. Prosecutors are reviewing the case as of late Thursday morning, officials confirmed.

Court records show he is charged with 10 counts of first-degree sexual abuse, four counts of first-degree unlawful sexual penetration and two counts of first-degree rape. He remains in the Multnomah County County Detention Center on $4 million bail.

The grand jury’s indictment was filed July 18, 2014.

A criminal background on Vandenberg does not show any convictions within the last 21 years.

Facility not under criminal investigation

Darin Yoshimoto, the former executive director of the facility where the alleged abuse occurred, confirmed he testified before the grand jury investigating the case.

He said each property does have a guest log in system at the front desk.

Because the facility is not under criminal investigation, and for privacy concerns for the victim, KOIN 6 News is not identifying the church or the care facility.

“Our staff does a very good job of getting to know our clients on an individual basis,” Yoshimoto said.

Speaking by phone, he said staff noticed something different and immediately reported it to Portland police and senior management.

Yoshimoto said family involvement is very important in ensure a loved one has a safe and enjoyable experience at living facilities.

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