Maintenance man charged with sexual assault of mental patient

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LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - An East Texan is accused of sexually assaulting patients at a mental care facility.

Longview police say a mentally challenged woman was assaulted at the Heavenly Care Community Home, and her attacker reportedly worked at the home.

On July 23rd, a woman from a John Street home for the mentally disabled was hospitalized, telling police that she had been sexually assaulted by the maintenance man at Heavenly Care Community Home, Calvin Hutchings, 48.

"[There is] limited information we can release right now …possible physical and sexual abuse of one of the patients there," said Sgt. Richard Spruiell, with the Longview Police Department.

The victim told investigators that she was scared of Hutchings because he beat her and threatened to send her back to Rusk State Hospital, and there could be others.

"Other victims [are] possible [or] other incidents with the same victim," said Spruiell.

A records check showed Hutchings had numerous arrests, including at least one attempted sexual assault in the past.

"The legislatures in the state of Texas see this as a heinous crime and they've created special penalties for individuals that would be involved in this type of criminal behavior," said Spruiell.

According to Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services, a care contract facility is required to run a criminal background check on all every employee that comes in contact with patients. Care workers did not open the door or return our inquiries regarding the arrest.

The investigation is ongoing to determine if there are any more victims in the case.

Hutchings remains in the Gregg County Jail on a $10,000 bond charged with sexual assault.

Longview police are working with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services on the case.

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