JUNEAU | A 64-year-old Watertown man made his initial appearance Monday after being accused of sexually assaulting multiple residents of Golden Living Center, 121 Hospital Drive, Watertown.
Thomas R. Spiess, W5090 Navan Road, was charged with two counts of fourth degree sexual assault and two counts of intentionally subjecting an individual at risk to abuse – not causing or not likely to cause bodily harm. If convicted, he faces up to two years of imprisonment.
Court Commissioner Steven Seim ordered a $500 signature bond in the case, with the condition that Speiss not visit any nursing homes or assisted living centers unless he is visiting a direct relative.
According to the criminal complaint, officers were called on July 13, after two women, a 67-year-old and an 84-year-old, reported to aides at the center that Spiess had kissed them and touched their breasts. Two additional residents, a 90-year-old woman and a 57-year-old woman, reported similar stories, but said they didn’t want to press charges. The 90-year-old woman said she just wanted him to not touch her again.
The complaint states that Spiess visited the living center a couple of times a week with his dog. He initially told officers that he hadn’t touched the women, but later said that he did because the women liked it and that it was a sign of affection. He described the touching as affectionate fun. The officer noted that Spiess seemed willing to talk and at no time was upset about the conversation they were having.
Golden Living Center staff are cooperating fully with the investigation.
“The safety and well being of our residents is our primary concern and something we take very seriously. We absolutely do not tolerate any illegal or inappropriate behavior and we take immediate action when any allegation is made. We continue to fully cooperate with police and with state agencies in their investigation of this mater and we will continue to assist them however we can,” Susan Seibert, Golden Living Center executive director.
A return date in the case is scheduled for Nov. 11.