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Two sexual assaults in three weeks at group home
KENNEDY HEIGHTS, Ohio (Angela Ingram) --The allegations are alarming.
Two women are sexually assaulted at a group home. They happened within a three week period at a Talbert House facility for the mentally ill. The attacks have neighbors on edge.
6471 Montgomery Rd. is an unassuming building from the outside. The group home has been tucked away in Kennedy Heights for about 20 years with very few problems. But recently neighbors have had reasons for concern.
"In the last three weeks, we were notified of two sexual assaults," said Capt. Jeffrey Butler of the Cincinnati Police Department.
Reports show police went to the home for a woman who woke up with a naked suspect pinning her down to a bed and molesting her. And last Thursday, officers were back for a report of a rape. Police believe that the suspects are residents in the group home.
Capt. Butler said, "These are very unusual types of runs for the facility or even the community itself."
Neighbors are worried about the safety of others who live in the area as well as the residents of the group home. Michelle Dillingham, who is president of the Kennedy Heights Community Council, says she is been hearing concerns at meetings.
"We don't want to give out the message to the community that residents who happen to live in a group home are not welcome. That's certainly not the message. They are members of our community. They are welcome and they should have safety just like everyone else."
A representative for Talbert House says the safety of the residents at the facility is the priority. And the facility is staffed 24 hours a day. Talbert House is doing its own internal investigation of the incidents while police are working on theirs.
Capt. Butler says, "Their staff is phenomenal. They're looking into it and looking for ways to partner with us to help prevent these things in the future."
The sexual assaults are still under investigation. So far there have been no arrests. Both men and women live at the group home.
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