A caregiver has been arrested after investigators say a developmentally disabled woman was a raped and impregnated at a facility in Florida.
According to an arrest affidavit from the Rockledge Police Department, authorities learned in January of 2015 that a woman with the mental capacity of a small child had been impregnated while she was living in a group home for developmentally disabled individuals.
The alleged assailant, Willie Shorter, 58, was arrested Wednesday at the Woodsmere Estates Group Home on Bridle Lane in Rockledge. He was charged with lewd and lascivious battery on an elderly or disabled person. Investigators said Shorter was working at a different home in 2015.
Police said that during questioning, because of her diminished mental capacity, the victim was unable to tell the difference between a truth and a lie, or right and wrong. She was, however, able to identify Shorter as a potential father of her child, according to the affidavit.
Police said the victim also named two other people when she was questioned, but investigators said those men were quickly determined not to be the father.
Police said they obtained a DNA sample when the child was born, but were not able to obtain a DNA sample from Shorter
“At the time of the initial investigation there was not enough evidence to obtain DNA from the defendant, and when he was questioned, he denied the allegations,” police said.
According to the affidavit, the woman made a report in April of 2018 that Short had inappropriately touched her.
Because Shorter had been named years earlier as a potential father of the woman’s child, police requested a DNA sample. That sample came back Wednesday and stated there was a 99.99 percent chance Shorter was the father, the affidavit said.