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Mentally-Disabled Woman Raped, Gets Pregnant

A woman being cared for in a Penryn care facility was raped in 2011, and got pregnant.

Placer County investigators had to wait until the child was born in early 2012 before they could conduct DNA tests and track down a suspect.

A man believed responsible for the rape was arrested in December 2012.

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Marquise Montgomery has pleaded no contest to charges of raping and impregnating a severely mentally and physically handicapped woman, and causing great bodily harm.

He faces 8 years in prison for the rape, plus 5 more for causing great bodily harm.

Montgomery had been assigned a public defender and had pleaded not guilty back on Dec. 14.

The woman was staying at Casa Del Mar Care Facility in Penryn at the time. She is severely handicapped and is legally blind.

When she was about six months along in late 2011, deputies were brought in to investigate what they believed was a rape at the care facility.

The woman gave birth in February, with reportedly no family showing up. The baby is said to be doing fine and is perfectly healthy.

Montgomery’s sentencing will be on Jan. 25.

Cecilio Padilla and Ian McDonald contributed to this report.

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The man accused of raping, and impregnating, a severely mentally and physically handicapped woman appeared in Placer County court Friday.

Marquise Montgomery, 22, had his bail increased from $150,000 to $500,000. Prosecutors attribute the increase in bail to what Montgomery allegedly said during questioning. He’s also accused of selling drugs after he went into hiding after the alleged rape.

Montgomery was assigned a public defender and pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors alluded that Montgomery had some kind of trouble with the law in 2007, while he worked the graveyard shift at a care facility in Penryn.

The woman gave birth in February, with reportedly no family showing up. The baby is said to be doing fine and is perfectly healthy.

Montgomery will be back in court Wednesday.

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Marquise Montgomery was arrested Thursday and is accused of rape of a disabled person.
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FOX40 has learned a man accused of getting a mentally-disabled patient at a nursing home pregnant last year is now in custody.

The woman was staying at Casa Del Mar Care Facility in Penryn at the time. She is severely handicapped and is legally blind.

“She’s severely disabled, can’t communicate and what not so, obviously, we knew she was not able to give consent,” said Placer County Sheriff’s Lt. Mark Reed.

When she was about six months along in late 2011, deputies were brought in to investigate what they believed was a rape at the care facility.

“It was an extremely shocking case, one that we wanted to clear and see justice done for her,” Reed said.

FOX40 has been tracking this story since the pregnancy was reported to Placer County investigators, and has learned 22-year-old Marquise Montgomery was arrested early Thursday morning.

Investigators had to wait until the child was born earlier this year to conduct DNA tests to help identify the father.

Once the results were back, they then had to compare it to samples from men who worked at the care facility. Once Montgomery was identified as a possible suspect, investigators had to get a warrant and then track him down.

He was arrested Thursday morning in Sacramento. He was booked into the Placer County Jail on a rape charge and is being held on a $150,000 bail. Montgomery will be in an Auburn courtroom Friday afternoon.

Thursday, the care facility released a statement about Montgomery’s arrest.

Today the Placer County Sheriff’s Department announced it has a suspect in custody in the year-old case that involved a person we support. From the beginning, we have cooperated fully with investigators by immediately reporting the crime and providing all necessary information to assist them throughout the course of the investigation. Our primary concern is and has always been the safety of the people we support. We ask you to please respect the privacy of the individuals we support. The residences are their private homes and the disruption caused by media visits directly affects them. For privacy reasons, and because this is an ongoing investigation, please accept this as our statement regarding the news announced today by the Sheriff’s Department.

Sam Cohen and Ian McDonald contributed to this report.

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A Penryn woman, mentally disabled, severely handicapped and legally blind has given birth to her child.

Casa Del Mar Care Facility, run by Res Care, reported the disabled woman’s pregnancy in early December. Sheriff’s deputies determined she had been raped and was six months pregnant. Since then, they had been waiting for the baby to be born to get the child’s DNA.

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office has already obtained DNA from all the men that they believe had contact with the disabled woman. The next step is comparing the two and finding the person responsible for getting her pregnant.

Unfortunately, this story is all too common. Leslie Morrison with Disability Services of California says 80 percent of mentally disabled people in care facilities are victims of assault. The best way for families to protect their loved ones it to stop by unexpectedly, and look for signs that things are different or wrong. Changes in personality could be the biggest indicator.

It will probably take forensic investigators several weeks before they have a suspect.

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Placer County Sheriff’s Deputies and state investigators are investigating how a severely disabled woman became pregnant.

Del Mar Two in Penryn is the facility that housed the woman.

In a statement from Jackie Smith with Res Care Residential, the company that runs the home, they admitted to the problem.

Smith also stated they notified law enforcement when they became aware of the pregnancy, but would elaborate any more.

The woman is 34 years old mentally handicapped, legally blind and unable to care or feed herself, yet according to an ultrasound last week she is six months pregnant.

Deputies have conducted forensic and DNA tests on employees and persons of interest. So far, there have been no arrests but in three months, a child will be born that will bare the evidence needed to reveal the father and suspect.

Those who live just a picket fence away from this home are outraged, sick and demanding answers.

“I was just extremely upset. I can’t believe that somebody’s taking advantage of somebody so disabled and it just sickens me,” says Denise Foster.

Debbie Helton who lives right across the streets says she has heard noises that have caught her attention, but because patients with dementia live there, she didn’t think twice, until Tuesday.

“I have heard them yell and scream and stuff and not want to go back into the house, says Debbie Helton.

“Sometimes you hear screaming and things from the elderly people, it’s also Alzheimer’s patients over there so you just figure that they are just trying to calm them down or what have you.

Now that I found this out, it makes me wonder what’s going on over there,” says Foster.

Del Mar Two is just one of the facilities in the area. It’s licensed to house up to six patients.

To see Del Mar’s incident report with the state, click here.

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