Scioto County man charged with raping mentally challenged resident at nursing home

CREDIT: Scioto County Sheriff

WHEELERSBURG, OH (WCMH) –The Scioto County Sheriff says a 69-year-old nursing home resident has been arrested for raping another resident on Sept. 2.

The 60-year-old victim is mentally challenged, according to Sheriff Marty Donini. The Sheriff’s Office got a call from the charge nurse, who said an employee may have witnessed Newton Sowards sexually assaulting another resident.

The Sheriff’s Office arrived to investigate.

Sowards was arrested and charged with rape.

He is being held in the Scioto County Jail on a $100,000 bond. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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