Conkel had no previous criminal record.
First Care Ohio President Dennis Young issued a statement to the Springfield News-Sun stating that Conkel is no longer an employee of the company.
“Like all employees, he was subject to a full, comprehensive background check at the time of his hiring which identified no issues,” the statement said. “First Care Ohio will continue to take every precaution to protect the health and safety of those in its care.”
The victim spoke to the Springfield New-Sun and asked not to be identified. She wanted to report the crime, she said, because she was afraid an assault would happen to someone else.
“I just felt like what if that was my mom?” she said. “What if that was my sister or family member that it happened to?”
She tries not to think about the assault much, she said.
“I just want him to be a man and admit that he made a mistake and that he’s not allowed to do it anymore,” she said.
She said she was discouraged from reporting the crime by Southbrook Care Center employees but staff members there denied that claim.
The center followed all protocol in reporting the crime, Southbrook Administrator Christine Dosland said.
Sheriff Kelly said Southbrook employees appeared to respond quickly.
If convicted of both charges, Conkel faces a maximum of six and a half years in prison. A preliminary hearing in his case will be scheduled soon, Clark County Municipal Court Judge Eugene Nevius said.