Twin Cities reported the arrest of David Erwin DeLong, nursing home employee, for felony criminal sexual conduct after he was accused of sexually assaulting a 78-year-old resident with advanced Alzheimer’s disease at Heritage House in Pequot Lakes.
The criminal complaint outlines the witness statement and DNA evidence gathered to make the case that DeLong sexually assaulted the 78-year-old woman in May 2016. The woman is nonverbal, wheelchair-bound and unable to feed herself, requiring round-the-clock care, the complaint stated.
A co-worker interrupted DeLong committing what she believed was a sexual assault. The staff member said she was the only other person working in the building at the time, and wanted to leave for a cup of coffee between 9:15 and 9:30 p.m. She went to find DeLong to tell him, and noticed the door was closed to the room he was in. She tapped on the door a few times, waited a second or two, and then opened the door.
Inside, the staff member said the resident was lying on her side in a fetal position with her backside positioned outward, naked from the waist down. DeLong stood several feet away sweaty and out of breath, the staff member said, jumping up and down attempting to pull up his pants and underwear. DeLong allegedly turned around and looked at his co-worker, said “I,” but then stopped, shaking his head before turning his back.
The staff member told the officer she was so shocked, she didn’t know what to do. She closed the door and immediately reported what she saw to a nursing staff member working in the next building. That staff member contacted the director of the facility, who directed him to bring DeLong into the office for a conference call. DeLong allegedly denied the allegations during the phone call, and was sent home.
The resident was transported to Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd to undergo a sexual assault exam. While preparing the woman for transport, it was discovered she was wearing a different nightgown than the one the staff member observed when she walked in on DeLong. Staff later located the nightgown and a mattress pad from the resident’s bed washed in the washing machine, and all on-duty staff denied placing the items there.
The remaining bedding, clothing and underwear worn by the victim were gathered and sent to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for analysis, along with the sexual assault exam kit completed at the hospital.
In June, the BCA issued a preliminary report, indicating semen was identified on swabs taken from the victim as part of the sexual assault exam. In August, the lab issued a final report, which indicated DeLong’s DNA profile matched the one found in the victim’s exam.