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Lawsuit filed against Good Shepherd Home

A lawsuit has been been filed on behalf of a Good Shepherd Home resident after she was assaulted in her residence there, according to Seneca County Common Pleas Court records.

Around 6:30 a.m. June 2, Noel Glenn Sims II entered the premises’ main entrance, according to the lawsuit.

Sims was not stopped or questioned by staff members and was able to wander throughout the facility for several minutes without encountering a staff member or security guard, the lawsuit states.

He found an unlocked door to an assisted living unit. The door had been left unlocked during a previous patient check, contrary to to protocol and the woman’s instructions, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit accuses Sims of physically and sexually assaulting the woman.

Sims, 38, of Fostoria, was charged with aggravated burglary and kidnapping, first-degree felonies, and attempted rape, a second-degree felony, according to his indictment.

A spokeswoman for Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley’s courtroom said Sims’ attorney, Derek Dailey, filed a request immediately following Sims’ bond hearing for a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.

Sims was referred to District V Forensic Diagnostic Center and declined to speak with the official conducting the evaluation, according to court records.

Kelbley referred the case to Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital for a competency evaluation.

The lawsuit alleges the facility failed to properly provide security and surveillance to protect the woman.

“Defendants owed Plaintiff a duty to keep the premises in a reasonably safe condition,” it states.

The lawsuit states that, according to a finding by Ohio Department of Health, the administrator, Chris Widman, violated a standard by failing to “ensure a resident was free from physical and sexual assault by an outside intruder, and protected from further potential abuse, when she was left alone in the same room with the perpetrator while the incident was being reported to administrative staff….”

Kelbley is to oversee the lawsuit proceedings.

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