Elderly man waits in limbo at county jail

NORWICH – An 85-year-old nursing home resident who has been in the county jail since his arrest was diagnosed with frontal lobe dementia about a year and a half before his incarceration, said his defense attorney.

Leonard Bentley was a resident at the Chase Memorial Nursing Home in New Berlin until he was arrested by sheriff’s deputies Oct. 3. after staff contacted police and filed a complaint. Bentley was charged with a class B misdemeanor for allegedly exposing himself to residents at the facility.

Town of New Berlin Justice Joseph Brillinger remanded him to the Chenango County Correctional Facility on $1,000 cash bail following his arrest Oct. 3.

Public Defender Kayphet Mavady said his client had been diagnosed with frontal lobe dementia by the psychiatric unit at Bassett Healthcare in Oneonta over 18 months ago.

Mavady also said that two facilities, Binghamton General and the Rome Behavioral Unit, had denied a request to house his client.

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