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Prosecutors drop charges against man accused of sexually assaulting elderly relative

Prosecutors drop charges against man accused of sexually assaulting elderly relative

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Bruce M. Abrahamson

Bruce M. Abrahamson

CROWN POINT — Lake County prosecutors filed a motion Monday seeking to dismiss charges against a Munster man accused of sexually assaulting an 89-year-old relative with dementia, records show.

Bruce Michael Abrahamson, 66, had been scheduled to appear Tuesday for a hearing on the state's request for a no-contact order barring him from any communication with the relative.

That hearing was canceled after Lake County Deputy Prosecutor Nadia Wardrip filed a motion stating further review of the case, including additional documentation, led her to conclude the state could not prove all four counts against Abrahamson.

Abrahamson had pleaded not guilty to felony charges of rape, neglect of a dependent and practicing medicine without a license.

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Abrahamson's attorney, Matthew Fech, said Abrahamson was "grateful the criminal case is behind him" so he can "properly grieve" the recent death of his relative.  

"Michael is extremely satisfied that once he was able to present his evidence to the Lake County prosecutor's office and they took the time to necessary to review it, they saw they could not prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt," Fech said.

According to court records, caregivers told police they witnessed Abrahamson sexually assault the woman multiple times between March 24 and June 1 while he changed her diaper.

Caregivers also told police they saw Abrahamson give the woman pain medication, sometimes from a "candy bag," multiple times a day, even when she was not in pain, court records allege.

Abrahamson was accused of telling the caregivers he was a doctor and had a medical reason for his behavior. Medical professionals determined there was no medical reason for Abrahamson's alleged actions, court records state.

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