A traveling nurse has been accused of molesting two co-workers at the Union Nursing Home in Glover

A traveling nurse has been accused of molesting two co-workers at the Union Nursing Home in Glover. Ivan Santiago, 48, pleaded not guilty in Court to felony charges of aggravated assault and lewd and lascivious conduct. Santiago is accused of strangling, making unwanted sexual contact with, and attempting to remove the clothing of a female staff member at the nursing home on Feb 25. Santiago was released on conditions after posting $10,000 bail. Santiago currently lives in Portsmouth, N.H. but on Tuesday he received permission from the court to relocate to Rochester, N.Y. Santiago told the court during the hearing that he plans to start a new day-shift job in New York at a place called “Wesley Gardens.” According to an online search, “Wesley Gardens” is also a nursing home. Vermont State Police say the alleged victim in the case told Santiago to stop touching her but he continued anyway. While conducting an investigation, another staff member came forward and alleged a similar incident occurred to her in January 2022. As a result of the investigation, Santiago was then charged in April with additional counts of felony lewd and lascivious conduct and misdemeanor simple assault and violating conditions of release. Santiago is accused of violating conditions by returning to the Union Nursing Home after being ordered not to by the court. Santiago has pleaded not guilty to the second round of charges. According to online records, Santiago’s LPN license in the state of Vermont has been suspended. Santiago faces a possible sentence of over 25 years in prison and $12,600 in fines if convicted on all five charges.

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