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  • 3TeensGrowinUp2Fast Feb 8, 4:12 p.m.

    And there should be no more sealing of juvi records, and if you have any conviction of a misdemeanor or higher, you should not be permitted to work around children, elderly or infirmed people, period! Our most defenseless victims are the prime targets of sick twisted people!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ginufine3011 Jan 31, 7:57 p.m.

    Nauti-dog - "You do realize that bond isn't designed to be part of the punishment, right? It's to ensure he shows up in court."

    Having worked in law for most of my life, I fully realize that.

    But high bonds in sex abuse cases keeps innocents safe from them for that period of time too.

    With a $75,000 bond, he'll be out with a $11,250 bond payment, and his mama who won't believe he did this, will mortgage her house to get that for her little darling.

    Were the bond ALWAYS $1M for sex offenses, innocents would all be safer from sex offenders, alleged or otherwise, because mama's house is rarely worth 10-15% of that.
    Nephesh Kai
    January 30, 2013 7:17 p.m.

    So what you are saying is he deserves to get out of jai, if he can bond out with 1million dollar bond? That's just crazy. What's the difference if he post $75,000 or 1m to be out on the streets? IMO money shouldn't be able to buy freedom.

  • anon022 Jan 31, 5:03 p.m.

    I work for a mental health agency in the HR department, we do CAP/IDD services (employees working with clients one-on-one in the home/community). The ONLY way we could hire a convicted felon is if the family of the client says they want that person to work with their child/family member and they are fully aware of that person's charges. Even someone with mulitple misdemeanors we will not hire. And we run a criminal background check and sex offender check on everyone that is hired in.
    This is a terrible story and can't imagine this happening to anyone let alone someone who cannot defend themselves.

  • Bartmeister Jan 31, 8:51 a.m.

    Hmmmm, can't wait to hear from all of the Libs crying about the State Senate not rushing to a vote about future funding of group homes. These group homes run amuck with their operations, and can't even manage their own personnel much less their budgets and finances. In the end, the people in the homes suffer NOT because the government won't fund broken operations, but because broken operations are pillaging the system of resources.

  • Sweet summertime Jan 31, 8:29 a.m.

    I have done clinicals at a assisted living facility and I have to say it is a shame to know this could happend to these residents. I myself cared alot for my residents while I was doing my schooling and I cannot imagine someone taking advantage of them...This is sick and I just hope justice is serve to the max.

  • Wendellcatlover Jan 31, 8:12 a.m.

    "Court records show Bell was convicted of felony larceny in 2008 and served eight months in prison. It's unclear whether Pinecrest Gardens was aware of his criminal record."

    Why the he!! weren't they aware of his record? They need to be held accountable as well if it is determined that no background check was run on this perv.

  • irishluck1978 Jan 30, 7:33 p.m.

    For safety reasons I also believe the rooms should be wired for video and sound. As for the invasion of privacy, it would be a general though that if someone is so against it then either take your loved one elsewhere. I would be more content knowing my loved one was safe at all times.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jan 30, 7:21 p.m.

    okay - "I thought all facilities that were licensed by the state are required to do background checks under North Carolina Gen Statues 122C-80?"

    I believe so, but I also believe if they committed a crime while a teen or if they committed a crime unrelated to the work they'd be doing, they can still be hired.

    In other words, you could hire someone with a bank robbery charge that they were convicted of and served time for to be a caregiver in a child care facility, BUT - why would anyone in their right mind do so?

    The problem probably is that these places pay very little, and this is what they end up with.

    Then if they pay more, they have to charge more, and then we'd complain about that.

    Still...the rooms of those incapacitated need to be fully wired with audio and video. Those things aren't expensive at all anymore.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jan 30, 7:18 p.m.

    I'm beginning to think the rooms of those in homes like this who are unable to call for help or defend themselves should be required by law to be wired for audio and video.

    But then you'll have some milquetoast saying it's an invasion of their privacy.

    Heck, their safety is more important to me than their privacy is since they're incapacitated.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jan 30, 7:17 p.m.

    Nauti-dog - "You do realize that bond isn't designed to be part of the punishment, right? It's to ensure he shows up in court."

    Having worked in law for most of my life, I fully realize that.

    But high bonds in sex abuse cases keeps innocents safe from them for that period of time too.

    With a $75,000 bond, he'll be out with a $11,250 bond payment, and his mama who won't believe he did this, will mortgage her house to get that for her little darling.

    Were the bond ALWAYS $1M for sex offenses, innocents would all be safer from sex offenders, alleged or otherwise, because mama's house is rarely worth 10-15% of that.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jan 30, 7:13 p.m.

    pja1357 - "I had this happen to me at my job (non-profit) for alzheimer's families and my boss did nothing. Made me very angry that she just ignored it."

    Then I hope YOU reported it.

    Just because she didn't doesn't get you off the hook, you know.

  • irishluck1978 Jan 30, 7:08 p.m.

    This is beyond sick and disgusting......to rape or molest someone who is in assisted living is as bad as doing it to a child because these people can't defend themselves. I hope he rots in jail and maybe meet some new friends who can show him how it feels!

  • dwr1964 Jan 30, 7:07 p.m.

    This is a very sick person, committing a very sick crime. That being said, did anyone notice that there was no mention of a gun? Guns don't commit crimes, criminal do. I would be willing to bet that if some of those "old people" had guns, this guy would never have been arrested, for all of us to support, for many, many years.

  • iron fist Jan 30, 7:07 p.m.

    esteryates69 I have NO use for anyone who rapes anyone

  • changedmyname Jan 30, 7:06 p.m.

    I thought all facilities that were licensed by the state are required to do background checks under North Carolina Gen Statues 122C-80? Somebody correct me if I am wrong.

  • WhitePony Jan 30, 6:38 p.m.

    "From what I have heard, they are never cured..." - lwe1967

    Well if that's what YOU heard, then it's definitely a fact!

  • lwe1967 Jan 30, 6:02 p.m.

    Another sicko on the loose. He needs to be incarcerated and kept there. No parole, no time off for good behavior and no plea bargaining. From what I have heard, they are never cured, they repeat and the courts and the parole boards keep turning them loose on the innocent population.

  • esteryates69 Jan 30, 5:59 p.m.

    I have very little use for this man or any one who rape a old folks.Plus a child.

  • ttomalee Jan 30, 5:38 p.m.

    Put the animal in a cage forever

  • Scubagirl Jan 30, 5:35 p.m.

    There should be more stringent background checks for employees of these people. Perhaps that would have uncovered his previous felony. AND if a felony no job at a health care/ assisted living place.

  • johnny2times Jan 30, 5:28 p.m.

    So Whereismychange, if this "man" was taking care of your mother or grand mother, you would be happy that pinecrest gardens gave him a chance? Wow...so what if he was a teenager? You can be tried as an adult at 16 in this state...I guessing you must love trees too...

  • whereismychange Jan 30, 5:19 p.m.

    Not taking away from what he is accused of doing, but the link states that he had ONE felony, which was in 2008 making him a teenager. Don't fault the assisted-living facility for trying to give him a chance to work, maybe they tried looke at the fact that his past crime was Larceny and it wouldn't prevent him from working there as a responsible person. He is a sick guy, but the facility took the correct steps and reported what they witnessed which led to his arrest, so why bash them?

  • johnny2times Jan 30, 5:18 p.m.

    hired a CONVICTED FELON....good job Pinecrest gardens....good job.

  • NCHighlander Jan 30, 5:13 p.m.

    Few realize the monsters that live among us.

  • pja1357 Jan 30, 5:04 p.m.

    This is very scary. I had this happen to me at my job (non-profit) for alzheimer's families and my boss did nothing. Made me very angry that she just ignored it. Glad that someone was able to report this. May be get the max for his actions!!

  • mattcli Jan 30, 5:02 p.m.

    This is really disturbing and disgusting. I can't fathom how anyone be aroused by the sight of someone who is elderly and/or infirm. It's bad enough there was one victim, but I hope there weren't more.

  • airbornemonty Jan 30, 4:39 p.m.

    That is one sick dude, so many good people out of work and this facility hires a sicko.

    That just goes to show what type of people always seem to want to open businesses where disabled people never make a complaint. Why, because no one listens to disable people.

  • Granny Jan 30, 4:37 p.m.

    $75,000 bond!!! What a shame!! He doesn't deserve a bond...he needs to stay locked up!!

  • seenbetterdaze Jan 30, 4:37 p.m.

    People would not be in a facility if they were able to look after themselves! The facility hired a FELON? To look after helpless elderly people? He is a predator!

  • Uhavenoclu Jan 30, 4:35 p.m.

    It should be $75,000 for each one who came forward.

  • Pleasepostmycomments Jan 30, 4:30 p.m.

    @lrfarms27572 Where does it say he had 2 felonies?
    My-Humble-Opinion2

    http://webapps6.doc.state.nc.us/opi/viewoffender.do?method=view&offenderID=1027610&searchLastName=bell&searchFirstName=jemel&searchMiddleName=a&listurl=pagelistoffendersearchresults&listpage=1

  • youpeoplearesoentertaining Jan 30, 4:29 p.m.

    that's just utterly disgusting!

  • bettyboop40 Jan 30, 4:26 p.m.

    Good lord how sick!!! What is wrong with people?!?!

  • Bellar1 Jan 30, 4:26 p.m.

    My-Humble-Opinion2
    Visit NC Offender Search and enter his name

  • Dollars-and-Sense Jan 30, 4:17 p.m.

    According to NC Dept of Corrections website he spent about 8 months in jail for larceny back in 2009.

  • lrfarms27572 Jan 30, 4:14 p.m.

    @lrfarms27572 Where does it say he had 2 felonies?

    My-Humble-Opinion2

    article did not say he did. I looked him up in the NC Public Offender Search.

  • HANS FOR PRESIDENT!!!!! JK Jan 30, 4:07 p.m.

    The bond should never be less than $1M in cases of the abuse or worse of a child, an elderly or disabled individual, or an animal. PERIOD!!!
    Nephesh Kai

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    You do realize that bond isn't designed to be part of the punishment, right? It's to ensure he shows up in court. Even if convicted the bond will still have nothing to do with his punishment. If you want to demand something, make it a stiffer sentence than he'll likely receive

  • lrfarms27572 Jan 30, 4:07 p.m.

    "...jailed under a $75,000 bond, is still an employee."

    Not enough for allegedly sexually harrassing or assaulting 'a resident who "was mentally unstable and physically helpless'"

    The bond should never be less than $1M in cases of the abuse or worse of a child, an elderly or disabled individual, or an animal. PERIOD!!!

    Nephesh Kai

    not to mention he has already been convicted of 2 felonys

  • My-Humble-Opinion2 Jan 30, 3:57 p.m.

    @lrfarms27572
    Where does it say he had 2 felonies?

  • johnny2times Jan 30, 3:50 p.m.

    how sick!

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jan 30, 3:43 p.m.

    "...jailed under a $75,000 bond, is still an employee."

    Not enough for allegedly sexually harrassing or assaulting 'a resident who "was mentally unstable and physically helpless'"

    The bond should never be less than $1M in cases of the abuse or worse of a child, an elderly or disabled individual, or an animal. PERIOD!!!

  • HANS FOR PRESIDENT!!!!! JK Jan 30, 3:37 p.m.

    Gross

  • lrfarms27572 Jan 30, 3:34 p.m.

    this guy has 2 felonies and he was allowed to work in a facility like this OMG!!!!

    why not just let him work in the school down the street

  • mys1983 Jan 30, 3:29 p.m.

    Sick!

  • lisa4 Jan 30, 3:23 p.m.

    When proven quilty....lock him up & throw away the key!!!!

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