Just a few hours after bonding out of jail, Marlo Santos Quinton seems stunned by the charges that removed him from work at an Auburn skilled nursing facility and put him behind bars.
“They accuse me of sexual abuse, elder abuse,” he said, as FOX40 caught up with him at home. The 57-year-old struggled to find the words to match the emotion welling up in his eyes.
“I’m still upset and have a doubt about what happened,” he said.
Investigators say they have no doubt.
Two elderly women reported being sexually touched and kissed against their will by Quinton while they were patients at the Auburn Oaks Care Center over the last few weeks.
“In fact, one was very firm with him and thought that that was enough by telling him. But clearly, when he approached her again, she decided to report it,” Placer County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Dena Erwin said.
Before moving to the U.S. 12 years ago, Quinton says he was a truck driver in the Philippines.
He entered the medical field upon arriving in Placer County and says he’s worked at Auburn Oaks as a certified nursing assistant for his entire 12-year career.
He says he’s committed to good healthcare.
“Just taking care of patients, taking care of people,” he said.
But…when pressed about his actions with at least two of those patients, Quinton offered nothing definitive, just that he needs to talk to his union.
Administrators from Auburn Oaks wouldn’t go on camera Thursday, but they did issue a statement about this case saying, “This behavior is an isolated incident and does not reflect the compassionate care that is delivered each and every day by our dedicated staff. This has been a cooperative effort over the last three days to asses and remove any threat the employee posed.”
The state Department of Public Health is now investigating, along with the Sheriff’s office and the facility itself.