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Maintenance director at memory care facility charged with sexual assault

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David Togninalli. (Farmington police photo) David Togninalli. (Farmington police photo)
FARMINGTON, CT (WFSB) -

Two allegations of sexual assault led to the arrest of an assisted living facility maintenance director in Farmington.

Police said David Togninalli, 67, of Burlington, is no longer an employee of Arden Courts, which is located on South Road.

According to its website, Arden Courts is a memory care community that works with Alzheimer's disease and dementia patients.

Police said they received reports of two separate incidents from staff which claimed that Togninalli inappropriately touched two residents while working at the facility.

Detectives said they were able to obtain some corroborating evidence from the facility's staff and later obtain a confession from Togninalli.

An arrest warrant said a 92-year-old and 77-year-old were sexually assaulted by Togninalli, who told police he is often in resident's rooms to do repairs.

Caretakers at the facility told police they saw Togninalli leave the rooms of two women, who both have dementia.

In one case, the 92-year-old told caretakers "The man who just left her room had touched her breasts."

Neighbors who live near Togninalli said police have stopped by his home at least three times over the past few weeks.

Togninalli told police "He would hold hands with residents and kiss them on the cheeks over the years."

He later admitted to police that he touched the 77-year-old woman in her "private area," and "He had done it three times with the most recent being the 'other day'."

Togninalli was arrested without incident at his home in Burlington.

Police said they charged him with second-degree sexual assault and fourth-degree sexual assault.

He posted a court-set bond of $25,000 and is scheduled to face a judge in Hartford on Nov. 10.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the Farmington Police Department at 860-675-2400 or leave a tip on its tip line at 860-675-2483.

In a statement, officials from Arden Courts said: 

"Several weeks ago our facility received a complaint alleging that an employee behaved inappropriately toward a resident. We immediately contacted authorities, ensured the residents’ safety and well-being and conducted a prompt investigation. We continue to cooperate with the authorities. The employee was terminated from the facility and systems were put in place to ensure the safety of our residents. We have contacted our families and in-serviced our staff regarding the situation.

Arden Courts, a dedicated memory care community similar to an assisted living center, does not, under any circumstances, condone any instances of abuse or inappropriate treatment of our residents. The well-being of our residents is our primary concern and we continue to be committed to each resident’s emotional and physical comfort. Providing quality care to our residents in a secure environment is of paramount importance to us at Arden Courts.

Due to the sensitive nature of this situation, we cannot compromise the investigation by commenting further and need to refer you to the police."

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