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LOWELL -- A 76-year-old Lowell man was ordered held on bail Monday after he was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a female resident with advanced dementia at the Fairhaven Healthcare Center while he was there visiting his wife.

Raul Cardenas, of 546 Father Morissette Blvd., unit C, had his bail set at $1,000 cash after pleading not guilty in Lowell District Court to a charge of indecent assault and battery on a person with an intellectual disability.

If he posts bail, Judge Thomas Brennan ordered Cardenas to stay away and have no contact with the victim. Cardenas is allowed to visit his wife, who has dementia and is in the same unit as the victim, but all visits musty be supervised by a family member.

Brennan also approved a defense motion for funds to do a mental-health evaluation of Cardenas.

Prosecutor Rachel Perlman asked for $1,000 cash bail explaining that Lowell police were called to the nursing home at 476 Varnum Ave., just after 5:30 p.m. on Sunday for what was initially reported as an indecent assault. A staff member who allegedly witnessed the sexual assault reported it immediately.

Perlman explained that while Cardenas' wife was in the dining hall, Cardenas was absent. He was discovered in the victim's room. A nurse apparently witnessed the assault.


The nursing staff told police they were concerned because Cardenas appeared to have been watching and following the victim, Perlman said. The victim is suffering from advanced dementia and has other disorders, Perlman said.

Defense attorney Karen Goldenberg asked that Cardenas be released on personal recognizance, noting he has a small apartment and his family will supervise his visits to the nursing him. Brennan denied the release without bail, but allowed a defense motion for funds to do the mental-health evaluation,

Cardenas' next court date is June 10 for a probable cause hearing.

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