UPDATE: Charges dropped in group home rape case
UPDATE: All charges have been dropped against 22-year-old Chase Stafford.
OKLAHOMA CITY — An Oklahoma City man is behind bars accused of a shocking sexual assault.
The suspect is accused of raping a 43-year-old handicapped woman.
The alleged crime took place over the weekend, near S.E. 44th St. and Bryant, at a group home for those with mental and medical disabilities.
The victim is this case suffers from cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair.
“It’s tragic anytime anyone falls victim to sexual assault but it’s particularly heinous when it’s someone in a wheelchair,” OKC Police Master Sgt. Gary Knight said. “They are really truly unable to defend themselves.”
“This is very disturbing,” Wes Bledsoe said.
Bledsoe, a state watchdog for nursing and group homes, said sadly these sort of crimes happen are all too common.
“Fortunately she was able to report what happened,” Bledsoe said. “All too often we have people who aren’t able to report.”
The suspect in this case, Chase Stafford, also lives in the apartment complex.
He told police he does not suffer from any mental deficiencies.
“He explained he was not there for any mental illness,” Knight said. “He works there and that’s why he was living in the group home.”
The Rainbow Hill apartments are listed on Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services resource guide website as a privately-owned but subsidized housing complex.
Yet several state agencies claim the state does not oversee the business.
Officials at the apartment building refused to talk about the alleged crime.
The suspect is being held on a $25,000 bond.
He’s facing one count of first-degree rape.