A 22-year old man is being held at the Polk County Jail, following an alleged sexual assault outside a Crookston nursing home. Jason Cortez of Crookston faces five criminal counts, including the sexual assault of a female employee and terroristic threats at "The Villa St. Vincent" nursing home in Crookston.
According to the criminal complaint, on November 30th , Jason Cortez a former employee of the Villa went out to his pickup with the female employee to have a cigarette. He punched her in the face repeatedly and raped her. The victim never told anyone, until later.
Then, last week Cortez allegedly approached the same woman, while inside the nursing home. He slapped her very hard and pulled her into a linen closet. He allegedly had his hand over her mouth, while telling her how much he loved her, and also telling her that he had a gun.
Cortez let her go after about ten minutes and the story was relayed to nursing home staff and police, who say Cortez admitted the crimes, while being questioned.
Tim Motherway, Crookston Police Chief: "He admitted to the incident last Sunday, February 3 at the Villa, where he forced the victim into a linen closet, and then also to another incident, which occurred in November, which was actually the sexual assault."
Motherway also says, at no time does he believe any of the residents or other staff members of Villa St. Vincent were in danger.
The administrator and CEO of Villa St. Vincent nursing home, Judy Hulst, released the following statement:
"At Villa St. Vincent, the safety and security of our residents and employees is a priority. Once we were made aware of the incident, we took the allegations seriously and contacted the Crookston Police. We are continuing to cooperate with their investigation, so respectfully refer any questions regarding the incident to them. Villa St Vincent has many security measures in place including completing criminal background checks and reference checks on all employees, plus video cameras in public areas. In light of this incident, we are reviewing our safety protocols to further enhance the measures we take."
Jason Cortez has made his initial court appearance and is being held at the Polk County Jail without bail. If convicted of the most serious crime of sexual assault, Cortez faces a minimum of 12 years in prison.