The Journal Star reported another horrific sexual assault of a nursing home resident by a nursing home employee. Stephen P. Malmgren was employed to care for elderly residents at The Lutheran Home. Malmgren has been charged with two counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault, both Class X felonies, and is being held at Peoria County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bond. He faces up to 30 years in prison, accused of sexually assaulting a patient, and the nursing home is under investigation for its handling of the matter.
He was arrested Dec. 30, a few days after allegedly sexually assaulting a disabled elderly resident at The Lutheran Home, the 85-bed skilled nursing facility that offers 24-hour care within a larger retirement community known as Lutheran Hillside Village. According to court records and witness accounts, Malmgren was working an overnight shift when the alleged assault occurred in the resident’s room. Two other employees who were looking for Malmgren to apply a treatment to a patient in a different room happened upon Malmgren and the patient and witnessed the assault.
“No question about it — I know exactly what I saw, and I’ve never seen anything like this,” Chakara Bush-Flynn, who was working that night and told police she witnessed the assault, told the Journal Star. “It hurts me, it makes me cry.”