Area man arrested after allegedly touching nursing home resident

A Jennings County man was arrested Friday evening after he allegedly touched a nursing home patient inappropriately.

Columbus Police Department (CPD) Spokesman Sgt. Matt Harris says

Benjamin Reinert
Benjamin Reinert

that just before 9 p.m., officers responded to the nursing home on the city’s north side after receiving reports that an intoxicated man was causing problems. Nursing home staff reportedly told police that 34-year-old Benjamin R. Reinert, of North Vernon, was visiting a patient when he became disruptive. Harris says that staff allegedly witnessed Reinert urinating outside on the building and throwing glass clippings on one of the residents. According to the report, staff also alleged that Reinert touched a female resident inappropriately shortly before officers arrived.

Reinert was arrested and booked in the Bartholomew County Jail on preliminary charges of Sexual Battery (Level 6 Felony), Public Intoxication (Class B Misdemeanor), Disorderly Conduct (Class B Misdemeanor), and Resisting Law Enforcement (Class A Misdemeanor).