NC hospital janitor accused of assaulting patients in psychiatric ward

Published: Jul. 29, 2014 at 10:31 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 28, 2014 at 10:31 AM EDT
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Sandhills Regional Medical Center (Source: Google Maps)
Sandhills Regional Medical Center (Source: Google Maps)

HAMLET, N.C. (AP) - Authorities in Richmond County have arrested a janitor at Sandhills Regional Medical Center who they say assaulted two female patients in the hospital's psychiatric ward.

The Daily Journal of Richmond County reports 44-year-old Thadus Gerome Primus of Hamlet is charged with two counts of sexual offense by a custodian.

Interim Hamlet Police Chief Rodney Tucker said the two patients told police that Primus committed the assaults during their time in the hospital.

The first victim filed a police report after she was discharged. Tucker said the second patient reported an assault while she was still admitted to Sandhills Regional.

Primus was arrested last Friday and he is free on $20,000 bond. Jail records didn't show whether he has an attorney.

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