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Court documents detail New Bedford nursing home rape allegations

Court documents obtained by NBC 10 News provide details into the rape allegations against a New Bedford nursing and rehabilitation center nurse. (WJAR)

Court documents obtained by NBC 10 News provide details into the rape allegations against a New Bedford nursing and rehabilitation center nurse.

Jacob King, 57, is charged with three counts of rape, the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office said.

The assaults happened at Savoy Nursing and Rehabilitation Center between September and November, according to court documents. The two victims are residents of the County Street facility.

During an interview with New Bedford police detectives, King said he was having an affair with a resident and she became upset when he broke a sexual relationship off with her.

When asked why he believes he was arrested, he told detectives “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.”

A victim told police that King texted her nude photos and forced her into multiple sexual acts, during which she’d try to break free. She said she was afraid to come forward out of fear King would tamper with medications.

King told police “I’m greatly ashamed of what I did but I did it.”

Savoy owner Didie Watsop has been running the facility for six years. Savoy has around 36 patients and 55 employees. Watsop declined an on-camera interview with NBC 10, but spoke with a reporter over the phone.

“Safety and privacy of our residents is our number one priority and we work every day to make sure that residents are safe,” Watsop said.

Watsop would not share King’s employment status, but a staff member told police King is suspended during the state investigation.

Prosecutors recommended King be held as a danger during a November 21 hearing. Judge Robert Ovoian found King to be a danger, but released him on conditions of home confinement, GPS monitoring bracelet and that he stay away from the nursing home and two named victims.

The case is scheduled to be back in New Bedford District Court Dec. 20.

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