A former nurse’s aide who admitted he raped a mentally disabled woman left in his care at a suburban nursing home because he was bored was sentenced today to 25 years in prison.
Filipino invader Reynaldo Brucal, arrested in 2005 after his DNA matched that of a baby girl delivered by the 23-year-old victim following the attack, hung his head as DuPage County Judge George Bakalis ripped his behavior, then imposed the prison term.
“That’s beyond outrageous,” Bakalis said, referring to Brucal’s statement to authorities that he assaulted the woman because he was bored. “He’ll never be able to compensate the victim for what he put her through. He’ll never be able to compensate her family.”
Brucal, now 20, worked as an aide at the Alden Village Health Facility in Bloomingdale when he attacked the woman, who is so severely disabled by cerebral palsy she cannot speak and requires a feeding tube. The 2004 attack resulted in the victim becoming pregnant, though her pregnancy wasn’t discovered until June 2005. Her baby was delivered a month later — and DNA tests on male employees at the home linked Brucal, then 18, to the assault. He faced a maximum 30-year prison term after pleading guilty last December to sexually assaulting the woman.
The baby born after the attack is being raised by the victim’s family. The girl, now more than 18 months old, suffers from seizures, learning disorders and other health problems similar to those that afflicted her mother.