Florence nursing home employee charged with sexually assaulting an elderly person

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FLORENCE, Ala. – For anyone who may have a loved one in a nursing home it’s likely their biggest fear. A former nursing home aide in Florence has been arrested and charged with sodomizing a male nursing home resident.

Clothed in an orange jumpsuit Thursday afternoon, Zack Reeves appeared in district court for an initial appearance.

The 21-year-old was arrested Wednesday following a week-long investigation into possible abuse on November 2nd.

Florence police say a Mitchell-Hollingsworth employee witnessed an incident and immediately notified authorities.

In a statement by administrator Brian Scheri, he said in his 14-years, this kind of incident has not happened before.

Scheri went on to say, “The employee at issue was immediately suspended and has now been terminated.”

Later in the statement Scheri said, “We follow stringent measures when hiring employees, including background checks.”

We searched Reeves’ court records all we found were a couple of traffic citations.

Florence police say Mitchell-Hollingsworth is playing a crucial role in the on-going investigation by speaking with other residents.

Sgt. Greg Cobb

“We are kind of letting them lead that part of it since they know their patients. We don’t want to cause any undue stress or trauma to any of the patients,” said Sgt. Greg Cobb with Florence Police.

Scheri added in his statement, “This incident does not reflect the quality and genuine care provided by our employees.”

Investigators say to this point no more complaints have been made.

Zack Reeves remains in the Lauderdale County Detention Center on bail totaling $60,000.

We hope to have more details about the events which led to Reeves arrest as court documents are filed.