A former nurse at a rehabilitation facility in Caroline County has been charged with multiple felony offenses for allegedly sexually assaulting a 71-year-old woman in September, court records show.

Gene Paul Brown, 58, of Fredericksburg, is charged with rape, sodomy, object sexual penetration and abduction with the intent to defile. Brown was working at the Bowling Green Health & Rehabilitation Center at the time of the alleged incidents, but has since been fired.

Caroline Sheriff Tony Lippa said the Bowling Green Police Department got the initial call about the allegations last week but quickly turned the investigation over to the much-larger Sheriff’s Office. Sgt. K.H. Eichenmiller is heading the investigation.

Brown was arrested Wednesday and placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail in Stafford County, online records show. He has since been transferred to the Pamunkey Regional Jail, where most Caroline offenders are held.

Lippa would not discuss any details about the alleged offenses or how they came to light. “It’s in the court’s hands now,” Lippa said.

Brown was arraigned Friday in Caroline General District Court, where a preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 26.

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