- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) - The trial of a former Berkshire County nursing home employee charged with trying to sexually assault a bedridden patient has started with the defense saying the accusation was made by a co-worker with a grudge against his client.

Paul Shartrand, of Pittsfield, has pleaded not guilty to charges including assault with the intent to commit rape in the alleged attack on the then 55-year-old patient in August 2012 at the Laurel Lake Center for Health and Rehabilitation in Lee.

Prosecutors said in opening statements Tuesday that the 48-year-old certified nursing assistant was caught in the act by a supervisor.

The Berkshire Eagle (https://bit.ly/1LWqOM1 ) reports that Shartrand’s attorney said there was no physical evidence and the accusation may have been the result of retribution from the co-worker.

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Information from: The Berkshire (Mass.) Eagle, https://www.berkshireeagle.com

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