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DA: Former St. Luke's therapist sexually assaulted client

EASTON, Pa. - Authorities have charged a physical therapist for allegedly sexually assaulting a 96-year-old patient in his Hanover Township home, when the therapist thought no family members were around.

Colonial Regional police charged Arnee Rubi, of Northampton, with two misdemeanor counts of indecent assault forcible compulsion in connection to the alleged May 21 attack. District Judge Vivian Zumas arraigned the 42-year-old Wednesday afternoon, setting bail at $50,000 with a 10 percent cash option.

The victim’s family told police that Rubi, a therapist with St. Luke’s Health Network, had treated the victim in his home at least three times before the alleged incident on May 21, according to court records.

Rubi treated the 96-year-old man in a large family room at the back of the house. Shortly after Rubi arrived about 3:30 p.m., a family member came home and looked in on the therapy session.

The witness reported seeing Rubi standing over the patient with his back to her. The victim was sitting down. She told authorities that she saw Rubi moving the victim’s hand in the area of Rubi’s groin, according to records.

Surprised by the arrival of the family member, Rubi allegedly quickly adjusted his pants and left the house.

Investigators interviewed the victim the next day. He alleged Rubi touched him in a sexual manner and forced the victim to touch him. The victim told authorities that Rubi had exposed himself, quickly stopping and adjusting his pants when a family member walked into the room.

The victim also reported that Rubi had allegedly touched him over his clothes during a previous therapy visit.

The Northampton County District Attorney’s Office interviewed Rubi on June 1, and he allegedly admitted to touching the victim on two occasions.

St. Luke’s Health Network released a brief statement Wednesday, following Rubi’s arraignment.

“St. Luke’s no longer employs this individual. The network is cooperating with authorities to assist in their investigation,” according to Samuel Kennedy, St. Luke’s corporate communications director.

Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli held a news conference Wednesday afternoon to announce the charges. Authorities believe there may be more victims. 

Rubi failed to post bail and was sent to Northampton County Prison to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for June 20. If Rubi posts bail, the judge ordered that he surrender his passport and undergo a mental health evaluation, if recommended by pre-trial services.

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