A man who bathed patients at nursing homes in Ellisville and Chesterfield admitted to his boss that he groped two elderly women, including one who was not coherent enough to tell police what had happened, authorities say.
Walter Javier Martinez, 44, was charged Aug. 1 with two counts of deviate sexual assault. Martinez is accused of fondling one client, 80, while bathing her at Bethesda Meadow at 322 Old State Road in Ellisville and another client at a nursing facility in Chesterfield.
Chesterfield Police Sgt. Robert Schneider said the Chesterfield incident took place at Sunrise Assisted Living, 1880 Clarkson Road. The victim in Chesterfield was a 99-year-old woman.
Martinez did not work for Bethesda Meadow but was employed by an outside medical care provider, said Ellisville Police Sgt. Nancy Walker.
Walker said Ellisville police learned about the incidents after Martinez went to his boss to admit groping a resident. The supervisor called state officials. Walker said the elderly woman in Ellisville "was not coherent enough to help us out" with details of the assault.
It's not clear when the abuse happened. According to court records, Martinez fondled the clients between Jan. 1 and Jan. 16. Schneider said police in Chesterfield were called on Jan. 16, but the abuse apparently happened two months earlier.
Bail was set at $50,000, but a judge allowed Martinez to be released from the St. Louis County Jail after he posted $5,000 bail on Monday. Conditions of his release include that Martinez have no contact with elderly people, nursing homes or home healthcare agencies. He also can't work as a personal aide in any capacity, the judge ordered in allowing Martinez to post bail.
Martinez lives in the 400 block of Johanna Place Drive in west St. Louis County.
Each felony is punishable by up to seven years in prison and a fine of $5,000.