Trial in Iowa nursing home assault delayed

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — More than two years after an elderly convicted sex offender confessed to sexually assaulting a fellow nursing home resident 85-year-old William Cubbage still hasn’t been tried.

The 95-year-old woman Cubbage is accused of assaulting at the Pomeroy Care Center in 2011 died later and her family sued the state and accused officials of failing to protect the public.

Cubbage is being held by the Iowa Department of Corrections until a trial can be held to determine if he should be recommitted to the state’s sex offender unit.

Attorney General spokesman Geoff Greenwood says the family’s lawsuit isn’t a factor in Cubbage’s delayed trial. Instead, he says issued like the death of the Calhoun County prosecutor and schedule conflicts for lawyers and experts forced the trial to be delayed until March.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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