Cold case: Ex-nursing home worker gets 6 years for patient rape in 2000

A former Dayton nursing home worker was sentenced this morning to six years in prison for raping a non-verbal, bed-ridden Mason nursing home patient in July 2000.

Michael Schneider, 55, of Union Twp., Clermont County pleaded guilty to two counts of rape during a hearing this morning in Warren County Common Pleas Court.

Judge Timothy Tepe also classified Schneider a Tier III sex offender.

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Before Schneider entered his guilty plea and was sentenced, Assistant Warren County Prosecutor John Arnold said Mason police were able to finally make the case against Schneider based on a tip Schneider’s girlfriend made to the FBI.

The girlfriend told the FBI Schneider said he had raped three women at the Cedar Village nursing home in Mason.

The victim died in 2006.

“He described the women as non-responsive as why he chose them,” Arnold said during the hearing.

Police investigated reports of physical abuse at the nursing home at the time and considered Schneider a “person of interest,” but no charges were filed, Arnold said.

A review of the victim’s medical records showed her injuries were consistent with sexual assault, Arnold said.

Mason police worked to identify other victims, but were unsuccessful, Arnold said.

Schneider, who had been working at Riverside Healthcare in Harrison Twp., Montgomery County, has served 100 days in jail since his arrest.

He was scheduled to work on the day of his arrest in February.

Schneider acknowledged understanding the proceedings, but otherwise declined to make a statement during the hearing.

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