MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) – A man accused of assaulting a dying elderly woman at the Hospice Center of Charleston in Mt. Pleasant, was denied bond Sunday morning.
Mt. Pleasant police officers say 54-year-old Calvin Dean Williams walked into the center on Wando Park Boulevard early Saturday morning and sexually assaulted a woman.
The victim, who is in her 80's, was staying in a room across from the unlocked door where investigators say Williams entered the building. The victim's family was at Sunday's bond hearing.
"What occurred was truly awful," said the victim's grandson. "I hope my family can find it in their hearts to forgive you, sir and that you find some peace as well."
Williams has a long criminal history according to the State Law Enforcement Division. In 1982, he was arrested on charges of committing a lewd and lascivious act. In 1987, he was arrested for buggery.
Williams has also been charged with trespassing, criminal domestic violence, petty larceny, trespassing, possession of cocaine and meth and public disorderly conduct.
The hospice has since started locking all the doors at all hours and visitors have to be escorted by a staff member. Police say the hospice is fully cooperating with the investigation.
The victim's family released a statement that said: "This is a devastating tragedy – no matter when or where it occurs – and our family is handling the situation as best as we can. We ask for your compassion and respect for our privacy and that of our mother and grandmother."