Lawsuit filed against man accused of abusing elderly

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GUTHRIE, Okla. -- The family of a mentally-incapacitated girl has filed a lawsuit against the living center where she's lived for almost two years. 

Last month, the maintenance man at Westview Living Center in Guthrie was arrested on five felony counts, including rape and forcible sodomy of five patients at the center. 

Gerald Perry Junior is accused of sexually assaulting the girls in their rooms while he was working at the center.

Oklahoma City attorney, Jeff Marr, filed the lawsuit on behalf of the girl's family. 

The victim has the mental capacity of a fourth grader. 

"It is as bad as it gets," Marr said. 

Marr said the contents of the Guthrie police report are some of the most disturbing things he's ever read. 

"It's just evil is the best way to describe it," Marr said.

Marr said what's particularly disturbing is that Perry didn't commit these acts in the middle of the night but during normal business hours while he was working. 

According to the police report, Perry would carry a locking doorknob to the girls' rooms. 

"You put that locking doorknob on and then you do whatever you wanted to to these residents, take the locking doorknob off and leave and go on to the next one," Marr said. "And nobody notices that? And how does that happen in the middle of the day?"

Marr named everyone from the owners down to the director of nursing in the lawsuit. 

"And how do you allow that to happen," Marr said. "And I'm not buying the fact that, 'Well, we can't control everybody, you know, every minute.' It's prime time during the day. And five victims?"

Marr believes there are probably more victims. 

Many of the residents at Westview can't communicate and would not be able to tell authorities if they were victimized or not. 

We tried getting in touch with the administrator at Westview Living Center but our call was not returned.