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‘He’s dangerous’: nurse accused of raping vulnerable patient at Florida care center where he worked

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Source: Pinellas County Sheriff's Office; MEGA

Dec. 17 2021, Published 3:45 p.m. ET

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A Florida licensed practical nurse who a neighbor described as “dangerous” is accused of allegedly sexually assaulting a patient at his workplace.

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Police arrested William Ira Cease Jr., 63, at his Clearwater, Florida, home on Dec., 16 and booked him into the Pinellas County jail on a charge of sexually battering a “mentally defective person,” WTVT reported.

He was being held in lieu of $25,000 bail.

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Three days earlier, police said, an employee at The Care Center of Pinellas Park, Cease’s workplace since April 2019, walked into the room of a 69-year-old female patient described as “vulnerable” and allegedly caught the nurse in a “state of undress” and in the “act of sexual assault.”

Cease fled the rehabilitation center after staff intervened and called police.

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"I think he should be jailed and given some therapy or something,” Christina Chesser, a neighbor of the suspect, told WTVT, claiming he had threatened her before. “He’s dangerous.”

Police said there could be more victims.

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