Psych evaluation ordered after attempted sex assault at nursing home |

Psych evaluation ordered after attempted sex assault at nursing home

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. ” A 91-year-old nursing home resident has been ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation after his arrest on suspicion of attempted sexual assault.

Ralph Allen Ridenour also faces charges of third-degree sexual assault and false imprisonment.

He is accused of grabbing a nurse by the shirt, pulling her pants down and threatening to rape her as she tried to leave his room at the Palisade Living Center Sunday in Palisade.

Palisade is about five miles east of Grand Junction and 190 miles west of Denver.

Ridenour appeared to be sleeping at the defense table when he appeared in Mesa County Judge Gretchen Larson’s court Wednesday, but Larson said she did not believe it.

“I understand that a deputy was speaking to him; now apparently he cannot hear me,” Larson said. “The court finds that he’s just playing games with the court.”

Larson said Ridenour could be transferred to the Veterans Affairs hospital in Grand Junction for the psychiatric evaluation.

Ridenour was arrested by Mesa County sheriff’s deputies in 2006 on suspicion of sexual assault on a child. The outcome of that case was not immediately available.

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