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Developmental Center Tech to Be Arraigned on Indecent Exposure Charges

Rue LeRoy Denoncourt, 53, of Sonoma, allegedly committed the offense with a 39-year-old female with the mental capacity of a 4-year-old in a bathroom

A longtime psychiatric technician at the Sonoma Developmental Center will be arraigned Wednesday afternoon for allegedly committing a lewd act with a patient on Friday.

Rue LeRoy Denoncourt, 53, of Sonoma, allegedly committed the offense with a 39-year-old female with the mental capacity of a 4-year-old in a bathroom at the center at 15000 Arnold Drive in Eldridge north of Sonoma, Sonoma County Sheriff's Sgt. Cecile Focha said.

Sheriff's deputies responded to a report of indecent exposure around 7:30 p.m. Another employee at the center witnessed the incident and informed the center's police department, Focha said. Police then called the sheriff's office.

Denoncourt has been a psychiatric technician at the center for 27 years, Focha said. The alleged victim remains in the care of the center, Focha said.

Denoncourt was booked into the Sonoma County jail for lewd and lascivious acts committed by a caretaker upon a dependent adult and endangering the health of a dependent adult, Focha said. His bail is $75,000.

A Sonoma County judge signed an emergency protective order, and Denoncourt will be arraigned Wednesday afternoon in Sonoma County Superior Court, Focha said.

The residential facility provides acute, nursing and intermediate care to people with developmental disabilities.

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Dorothy May 31, 2012 at 01:43 AM
This is actually horrendous--someone who is in the position of a caretaker so abuses his position. Thank goodness the witness did the correct thing and immediately reported the incident.
Dee Baucher May 31, 2012 at 04:52 PM
This is a "longtime" employee.....in a state facility that is supposed to protect individuals with significant cognitive disabilities. This is not likely to be the first time this caretaker has abused his position. Where is the oversight for this employee? Who is responsible for hiring him in the first place?
katrise fraund June 06, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Yes it is upsetting. But he is innocent until proven guilty and we don't know all the details. As per the law anyone accused of abuse must be removed from contact with possible victims for their safety. For the benefit of those involved including their families we need not to try this case. in the press. What you can do if you are concerned is go to SDC volunteer become an advocate maybe a Foster grandparent. More people mean more eyes less oppurtinity for issues to go unseen. Support fundraising events for the facility. Don't just look for bad Guy see how you can make it better Be proactive not reactive.

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