Kenyan Nurse admits raping disabled boy
Fred Magondu, 36, a Kenyan national who lives in Philadelphia, pleaded guilty before county Judge Jeffrey Finley to charges of rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and related counts. Groans erupted in the courtroom audience as prosecutor Monica Furber outlined the graphic details of the crime.
Magondu was arrested in June following an investigation into an April 30 incident that began when police where summoned to Council Rock Middle School by a nurse who was caring for the victim, who has cerebral palsy and other ailments and is unable to speak.
The boy was taken to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where doctors found injuries consistent with him being raped.
Investigators turned their attention to Magondu, the home care nurse who had been alone with the boy on the morning of the rape. Magondu, who worked for Harleysville Pediatrics, was in charge of dressing the boy and putting him on the school bus.
Police say Magondu initially denied sexually assaulting the boy, claiming he had noticed the child was bleeding but thought it was because of an ongoing physical problem. Tests later showed Magondu’s DNA on the child and his bed sheets and the suspect confessed, prosecutors said.
In court Tuesday, Magondu hung his head as he stood before the judge. He did not testify.
The hearing was delayed for nearly an hour because Magondu at first refused to admit to all the charges. After meeting outside the courtroom with his attorney, John Fioravanti, Magondu entered the plea.
The boy’s father was in the courtroom but did not make a statement. The victim’s parents will get a chance to address the judge in about 90 days, when Magondu is sentenced.
As a convicted sex offender, Magondu will be registered under Megan’s Law for at least 10 years. If he is determined to be a sexually violent predator, he’ll be subject to lifetime supervision and community notification.
Magondu is a married father of three who has been a nurse since 2006. Before moving to Philadelphia in January 2008 he lived in Falls Township. He has no prior record.
The charges Magondu pleaded guilty to carry a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years behind bars, although a judge could sentence him to as much as 45 years.
Finley revoked Magondu’s bail after the hearing and sent him to the county prison to await sentencing.
Another Kenyan accused of raping a disabled patient at a nursing home in Washington
June 24, 2008 7:16PM CDT
A Kenyan Certified Nursing Assistant, Joseph Thurura, 31, of Kent, Washington, was arrested today and has been charged with second degree rape after the 44-year old physically and mentally disabled woman under his care suffered a miscarriage in March. A DNA test of all the men that came into contact with the woman proved Thurura’s probable paternity by an accuracy of 99.99%.
Thurura cared for the woman at the Integrated Living Services in Kent, Washington. Kent is 20 miles south-east of Seattle, Washington.
Prosecutors are pushing for sentencing beyond the 6-8 year maximum sentence for this type of case. Bail has been set at USD$250,000 and Thurura remains behind bars this afternoon. He will be arraigned July 2nd.
This comes barely two weeks after Fred Magondu was accused of a similar crime in Pennsylvania and about two months after Joseph Njonge was accused of murdering an elderly woman under his care when he worked as a CNA in Washington state.
Local paper accounts:
Seattle Post Intelligencer
Kenyans triple murder: New twist as detective is arrested
Story by BMJ Muriithi- kimmediagroup