Police: Nurse Sexually Assaulted by Patient

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A 92 year old man is behind bars after police say he sexually assaulted a nurse at his retirement home in Palisade.

Palisade Police arrested Ralph Ridenour on Sunday night. Officers say the elderly man told the nurse that he was going to rape her and not to scream. They say Ridenour then tried to rip the nurse’s clothes off.

This is not the first time that Ridenour has been charged with a sex crime. Police say when he was 88 he attempted to sexually assault a child. Ridenour has registered as a sex offender since the incident four years ago.

He is currently being held at the Mesa County Jail on a $3,000 bond.

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