The trial arising from the rape of a nursing home resident by a CNA will continue today. Josiah A. Olowoporoku, 48, of Pawtucket, is charged with first-degree sexual assault for allegedly raping the woman during his 3-to-11 p.m. shift at the nursing home June 16, 2009. The jury deliberating the case of a certified nursing assistant accused of raping a woman with Huntington’s disease at Charlesgate Nursing Center in Providence, R.I. iwent home this weekend without a verdict.
Over the past two weeks, jurors heard from witnesses who included two doctors; staff members on the night in question; a nurse who specializes in examining sexual-assault victims; and a Charlesgate social worker.
The jury, which has deliberated about four hours, asked the judge to read back the testimony of the nurse who examined the 57-year-old woman at Women & Infants Hospital for sexual assault on June 18, 2009, two days after the alleged incident. The nurse, Tara Capuano, found that the woman had a bruised left shoulder, a scratch on one side of her vagina, and abrasions on the back and sidewalls of her vagina. No semen was found.
When a juror asked what would happen if they couldn’t reach a decision by a certain date, Judge Vogel instructed the panel that it was very important to listen to each other and that they were as equipped as any jury to decide the case.