A certified nursing assistant at an East Longmeadow nursing facility charged with raping a patient has pleaded not guilty.


Parkpoom Seesangrit of Great Barrington was ordered held on $500,000 cash bail at his arraignment Wednesday in Palmer District Court.


Authorities say the 24-year-old suspect was found by another worker in the room of a 69-year-old woman with dementia on Tuesday night under ``inappropriate circumstances.''


The alleged victim was not under the direct care of the suspect. She was taken to a hospital for evaluation.


Seesangrit's lawyer says his client was assisting the alleged victim ``in some matters of personal hygiene.''


A spokeswoman for East Longmeadow Skilled Nursing Center told the AP the allegation an abomination and say Seesangrit has been suspended.