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Superior man charged with sex assault at senior living facility

A man accused of sexually assaulting an 87-year-old woman at a senior living facility in Superior made an initial appearance Tuesday in Douglas County Circuit Court.

Cullen Joel Horne, 61, of Superior faces felony charges of third-degree sexual assault and intentionally subjecting an individual at risk to abuse.

According to the criminal complaint:

The woman reported being sexually assaulted April 7 by Horne. She said she contacted him to get something fixed inside her apartment. When he was at her apartment, she told him her back hurt and he gave her a back rub.

The woman reported that Horne went to the bathroom of her apartment, returned naked from the waist down, climbed onto her bed and assaulted her.

A relative told Superior Police Officer Charles Mahlen the woman suffers from Alzheimer's disease, but was consistent with the details in every recounting of the reported attack.

Horne told Superior Police Officer Marc Letendre that he had worked as a certified nursing assistant at the senior living facility, but resigned in January or February.

Horne said he went to the facility April 7 to visit people. He initially denied having physical contact with any of the residents, then admitted to giving the 87-year-old a back rub.

In a later interview with Detective Michelle Lear, Horne reportedly admitted that he did have sex with the woman, but said it was consensual. He told Lear he had gone to the facility with a container of lubricant in the hopes that they would have sex, according to the complaint.

A $5,000 cash bond was set for Horne. He remained in custody Thursday at the Douglas County Jail.

The charges each carry a maximum penalty of 10 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $25,000. Horne's next court appearance is set for today, with a preliminary hearing set for Wednesday.

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