An employee at Laurelwood Care Center in Upper Yoder Township was charged with assaulting a co-worker who later left her job, authorities said.

Township police charged Terrell Thomas Burns, 22, of the 300 block of Ohio Street, in Johnstown, with indecent assault and harassment.

According to a criminal complaint, a female employee reported to police in February a pattern of unwanted touching at the facility located on Woodmont Road.

Burns allegedly followed the woman around, giving her unwanted hugs and rubbed his hands down her back and neck. One day in February, Burns followed the woman into the residents’ bathroom.

“He grabbed her from behind and picked her up in the air and then slid her down the front of him,” the complaint said.

The woman reported the Feb. 26 incident to the director of nursing.

Burns was suspended for two days and moved to the daylight shift so they could monitor his behavior, the complaint said.

The woman told police last month that she was no longer employed at Laurelwood because of Burns’ behavior.

Burns is waiting a preliminary hearing. 

Patrick Buchnowski is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. He can be reached at 532-5061. Follow him on Twitter @PatBuchnowskiTD.

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