Coventry nursing home resident accused of sexual assault

COVENTRY, R.I. (WPRI) – Police have arrested a man living at the Coventry Center Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation home after they say he was accused of assaulting a female resident.

Francis Kinsey, 74, was arrested on Oct. 14 after police say an employee reported witnessing him assaulting an 80-year-old female resident.

During the investigation, police say they learned Kinsey had been arrested for first-degree child molestation in 2012 in Charlestown, and that case has yet to be adjudicated. Amy Kempe, spokesperson for Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, said that case has been delayed while Kinsey was in the nursing home for his significant medical issues.

“The safety of the patients and residents in our skilled nursing center is our number one priority. When we receive a report like this from any source, be it patient, family or one of our employees, we investigate the allegation and report it to local law enforcement and the Department of Health as appropriate,” a statement from the nursing home said.

Kinsey was arraigned in front of a bail commissioner and ordered held at the Adult Correctional Institutions. He will formally be arraigned on the current charges and presented as a bail violator on the 2012 charges later this week.

Anyone who has additional information regarding Kinsey or about the alleged incidents should contact Coventry Police at (401) 826-1100.