Police plan to release more info on rape suspect

PERKINS TWP. Police will host a press conference Thursday to release more details about the case of
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

PERKINS TWP.

Police will host a press conference Thursday to release more details about the case of accused rapist John R. Riems, including his past work record, Perkins police Chief Tim McClung said.

Riems, 49, is charged with rape and gross sexual imposition. He is accused of sexually assaulting a 55-year-old blind and partially paralyzed male resident at Concord Care and Rehabilitation Center.

Riems is being held on $100,000 bond in Erie County jail while police track down leads on other patients who also may have been abused during Riems' 22-year career as a registered nurse.

Riems recalled abusing nearly 100 patients during his career, McClung said.

McClung, Erie County Prosecutor Kevin Baxter and a representative from the Ohio attorney general's office will take part in the press conference.

Officials plan to discuss new information in the case including Riem's work history, case management strategies and the attorney general's office involvement with the case.

Review of a personnel file for Riems at Ohio Veterans Home revealed he worked there from April to October 1986. Riems was also employed in the 1980s at Fremont Memorial Hospital.

During nursing school Riems gained clinical experience at Providence Hospital, where he finished his nursing degree, in addition to St. Charles Hospital in Toledo, Children's Hospital Medical Center in Akron and Good Samaritan Hospital in Sandusky.

He was also employed full time at Huron Health Care Center from May to November 1984.

From 1988 to 1990, Riems was employed full time at Wesleyan Village Senior Center in Elyria. He continued to work there as needed until this month.