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Suspect Jemel Antwan Bell faces probable cause hearing in connection with three sexual assaults of patients at Pinecrest Gardens Suspect Jemel Antwan Bell faces probable cause hearing in connection with three sexual assaults of patients at Pinecrest Gardens
LILLINGTON, N.C. -

A man accused of multiple sexual assaults against patients at a Lillington assisted living facility is about to go to court on those charges.

24-year-old Jemel Antwan Bell faces a probable cause hearing on August 6 after being arrested in January, accused of sexually assaulting three patients at Pinecrest Gardens.

Since the time of those alleged incidents, the state Department of Health and Human Services has taken action against the assisted living facility.

Pinecrest Gardens is facing big fines.

The state imposed $14,000 total in penalties. $10,000 for "failing to insure every resident was free of mental and physical abuse" after three patients alleged they were sexually assaulted by an employee.

Pinecrest Gardens was also fined $4,000 for "failing to report the sexual assault allegations to the state's Health Care Personnel Registry within 24 hours." The facility was also fined for "failing to protect residents by not investigating allegations by residents against a staff person."

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Bell was arrested after court documents say a co-worker walked in on him during one of the alleged incidents.

With Bell's court date approaching, and with state fines looming, WNCN paid a visit to the adult care facility seeking answers about whether procedures had been changed to prevent another incident like that from happening again.

We were told to call owner Rhonda Lockamy who did not return our message.

Meanwhile, state records show Pinecrest Gardens has yet to pay the fines which were imposed on May 16.

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DHHS said it takes every complaint it receives seriously and encourages the public to file complaints if they see something wrong in a group home.

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