69-year-old Sheridan resident Melvin Krenzelok was arraigned in 4th Judicial District Court Wednesday on four separate charges regarding alleged sexual misconduct with seniors at various nursing homes within Sheridan County. Krenzelok is charged with one Felony count of Third Degree Sexual Assault; one count of Misdemeanor Sexual Battery; and two counts of Misdemeanor Battery.
The incident that prompted the Felony Third Degree Sexual Assault charge allegedly occurred on January 14, 2010, when an employee at Sheridan Manor observed Krenzelok kissing and inappropriately touching an elderly patient that suffers from dementia.
The three misdemeanor charges against Krenzelok stem from a number of incidents with various elderly women at Heritage Towers, where Krenzelok was employed as a custodian before being terminated in March of 2008 due to complaints of inappropriate conduct.
Throughout the court proceedings Krenzelok has maintained his innocence by stating to investigators that while his conduct may have been inappropriate at times, it wasn't to the extent that he's been accused of in the alleged charges that have been brought against him.
Krenzelok plead “Not Guilty” to all four charges at the arraignment. District Court Judge John Fenn continued his $5,000 unsecured bond and set a pretrial conference date of March 8th, 2011. Fenn also set the two-day trial for March 30th and 31st of next year.
Third Degree Sexual Assault is a felony that is punishable by imprisonment of not more than 15 years and a fine of $10,000, or any combination of both. The three misdemeanor charges are punishable by imprisonment of not more than a year, and a fine of $1,000, or any combination of both.
Krenzelok was recently a candidate for the Sheridan City Council Ward 3 seat. He lost to incumbent Robert Webster in the November General Election.