Police: East Longmedow Rape Suspect Slept at Nursing Home
EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WGGB) — New developments in the rape case involving an East Longmeadow nursing home patient. The suspect had apparently slept overnight at the nursing home a number of times.
Parkpoom Seesangrit, 24, of Great Barrington, is charged with rape and indecent assault in connection with an incident at the East Longmeadow Skilled Nursing Center involving a 69-year old female dementia patient.
Seesangrit had been working at the nursing facility for about five months before his arrest.
ABC40 has learned that the suspect had apparently used the nursing home more than once to sleep overnight.
East Longmeadow Police Det. Sgt. Patrick Manley says the first time may have been because of a snowstorm, but that wasn’t the only time he spent the night.
“He may have been allowed to do it once because of the storm, and he may have taken advantage of it several times. Somebody may have spoken to him and said ‘Look, you have to knock this off’ but I don’t think he was doing it all the time,” Manley explains.
Sgt. Manley says that Seesangrit also used the parking lot at American International College, where he was a student, to spend nights as well.
“My understanding is that he also and probably more frequently would sleep in his car at school. He would work ’til 11 at night, get out of work, go to the AIC campus and sleep in his car in one of the parking lots,” Manley adds.
Seesangrit’s mother and sister lived in Great Barrington, but he would apparently stay in the Springfield area while in school and while he was working at the nursing facility.
East Longmeadow Police tell us that so far in their investigation, there is no indication there were no other victims at this nursing home.
Seesangrit has pleaded not guilty to the charges. He’s being held on $500,000 cash bail and is scheduled for another court appearance next month.
Following an inquiry from ABC40 regarding the latest information, the East Longmeadow Skilled Nursing Center released a statement saying, “Our only objective in this case is to better understand what occurred in this case and directly support the investigation. Rather than react to rumors or speculation, we will continue to relay any information we have directly to police.”