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Gilbert day center worker accused of fondling disabled woman

Posted at 12:30 PM, May 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-17 20:49:19-04

GILBERT, Ariz. (AP) - A caregiver at a Gilbert group home serving developmentally disabled adults is accused of inappropriately touching a female resident.

Gilbert police said Thursday that 40-year-old Abram Grace has been arrested on one count each of sexual assault and vulnerable adult abuse.

According to charging documents, the 31-year-old victim reported that she and Grace were watching a movie on Wednesday when he put his hand inside her shorts.

The staff then notified police and Adult Protective Services.

Authorities say surveillance video shows Grace periodically putting his arms around the victim and embracing her from behind several times.

Grace is being held on a $100,000 cash bond and will be assigned a public defender.

Police Sgt. Mark Marino says police believe there are no other victims.