A preliminary hearing for an in-home health care worker charged with three counts of felony rape against an 81-year-old man in his care has been set for Nov. 8 in Kettering Municipal Court.
Marcus Fox, 37, was arrested by Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputies on Nov. 1 charged with rape of a “substantially impaired victim” who suffers from Alzheimer’s and dementia. Deputies said Fox worked as an in-home care aide in the man’s Washington Township home.
Fox, who has been fired from his job at the Bright Star agency in Centerville, said he has a sex addiction and made a mistake. He remains in the Montgomery County Jail. Bail is set at $500,000.
A former co-worker of Fox’s told the Dayton Daily News that he notified Bright Star after the accused sent him a text on Oct. 2 describing the incident. The arrest warrant filed in Kettering Municipal Court states the incident occurred on or about Sept. 24.
“He sent me a text message saying he was in trouble, that he had done something he shouldn’t have done,” Ted Hall said. “I have no idea why he confided in me. Bright Star needs to be calling anyone he cared for.”
Bright Star’s website states, “Our caregivers are carefully screened by our staff to ensure they are experienced and meet our rigorous hiring standards. Each new hire is credentialed through online testing, in-depth face-to-face interviews, reference checks, drug tests and background checks. Our caregivers are also safety-trained and certified in CPR. Every employee is bonded and insured.”
Pat Luers, owner and president of Bright Star, said immediate action was taken when the company was made aware of the allegations including removing Fox from all patient care and notifying proper authorities.
“Our heart goes out to the family, and we are working closely with them and doing everything possible to help them through the situation,” Luers said in a written statement Monday. “Stringent screening standards were followed when this individual was hired including criminal background checks; none of which indicated any cause for concern.”
Luers did not comment further on Fox’s employment, but said the company continues to cooperate with local authorities.
“The family has chosen to continue working with our agency,” he said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time”