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Nurse arrested, charged with sex crimes including rape

Brown faces multiple sex crime charges, including rape, for an alleged incident that took place...
Brown faces multiple sex crime charges, including rape, for an alleged incident that took place at a nursing and rehabilitation center (Source: Pamunkey Regional Jail)(Pamunkey Regional Jail)
Updated: Mar. 18, 2019 at 3:38 PM CDT
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**UPDATE: On Oct. 29, 2019 Gene Brown was found guilty of sodomy. He was sentenced on Jan. 8, 2020 to 15 years in prison with seven years suspended and 15 years of probation. His charges of abduction, rape and forceable sexual penetration were set aside.

CAROLINE COUNTY, VA (WWBT) - A Fredericksburg man faces multiple sex crime charges, including rape, for acts allegedly occurring at a health and rehabilitation center in Caroline County.

Court documents state Gene Paul Brown, 58, was arrested March 12 by the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office.

Brown faces several charges including abduction with the intent to defile, forceable sexual penetration, sodomy and rape of a helpless person. Brown appeared in court Fri., March 15 and is being held without bail. He’s currently being held at the Pamunkey Regional Jail.

The Caroline County Sheriff’s Office was made aware of the allegations March 11 via Bowling Green Police; the Sheriff’s Office has since taken over the case.

“The victim is 71 years old,” said Sheriff Tony Lippa.

No further information was available due to the ongoing investigation.

Brown was a licensed practical nurse (LPN) at Bowling Green Health & Rehabilitation Center when the alleged incidents occurred.

“Creating a safe environment for patients is our top priority,” said Administrator Jenna Cracknell. “We are disheartened to have received an allegation of such upsetting conduct in our center. When the concern was brought to our attention we immediately notified the patient’s family, began an internal investigation and reported the allegation to the state of local authorities.”

A family member with a loved one at the facility, who wished to remain anonymous, contacted NBC12 about the situation.

“[We’re disgusted] and shocked that this happened,” said a family member of a loved one at the facility. “Shocked that could happen in that sort of facility where we take our loved ones who need care and they shouldn’t be treated like that.”

The woman said she learned through the grapevine about Brown’s arrest and wanted to make sure other families knew about the situation.

“We haven’t been notified by the facility on what happened or what precautions they’re going to be taking to ensure this doesn’t happen again to any other patient,” she said.

According to Cracknell, Brown was hired after a “thorough background and reference checks, per policy”. Brown has since been fired.

“As the investigation continues, we are cooperating fully with local authorities and remain steadfast in our commitment to the care of all patients during their stay at the Bowling Green Health & Rehabilitation Center,” Cracknell said.

Cracknell did not say whether families of other patients were made aware of the situation.

“I think it will encourage a conversation [for other families] to reach out to their loved ones at the facility to make sure that they have the care and treatment that she should be receiving and that nothing like this has happened to them as well,” the family member said.

According to Virginia Department of Heath Professionals, Brown has been a licensed practical nurse since August of 2008. There are no complaints filed on his record.

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