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Pinellas deputies: Elderly dementia patient fondled in nursing home

SOUTH PASADENA — A 57-year-old man was arrested Friday on charges that he fondled an elderly woman suffering from dementia in the nursing home they share, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Larry Donneal Evans, of St. Petersburg, was arrested on a felony charge of battery on a person 65 years or older. He is mentally ill, police said, but they did not disclose his exact diagnosis.

According to deputies, the incident took place around 9:30 p.m. Thursday. A nurse at Pasadena Manor Nursing Home at 1430 Pasadena Ave. S caught Evans inside the victim's room.

The nurse saw Evans inappropriately touching the victim over her hospital gown. Evans was thrown out of the victim's room. The staff then reported the incident to the Sheriff's Office.

"He did it because she didn't say to stop," was what Evans told the deputy, according to the arrest report.

But the victim was not coherent enough to even talk to deputies. She suffers from Alzheimer's disease and senile dementia. Her identity was withheld by the Sheriff's Office because of the nature of the allegation.

Evans is a convicted felon who was first arrested in 1970. He served four years in prison for charges of resisting an officer with violence and possession of cocaine, among others. He was released in 2004.

Evans was arrested at 2:20 a.m. Friday and was being held in the Pinellas County jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

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