An employee of the Carrolton of Nash has been arrested on multiple sex charges for alleged crimes that reportedly took place several years ago in Guilford County.
The Nash County Sheriff’s Office was contacted Thursday by the State Bureau of Investigation’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Team about the possible whereabouts of Christopher Gerald Cooper, 56, of the 1400 block of Blueberry Lane in Greensboro, Nash County Chief Deputy Brandon Medina said late Thursday night in a news release.
According to the SBI, Cooper was wanted in Guilford County for one count of first-degree rape, four counts of statutory sex offense with a child under 15, one count of first-degree statutory rape, one count of indecent liberties with a child and two counts of first-degree sex offense with a child.
According to information provided by the Greensboro Police Department, which issued the warrants for Cooper’s arrest, the crimes reportedly took place on six different dates with the earliest reported offense occurring on Jan. 31, 2014, and the latest reported offense occurring on June 2, 2019.
The alleged crimes were not reported to the Greensboro Police Department until August of this year, Ronald Glenn, public information officer for the Greensboro Police Department, told the Telegram.
Warrants for Cooper’s arrest were issued on Sept. 27.
Information passed on to investigators with the Nash County Sheriff’s Office indicated that Cooper was employed as a nursing assistant at the Carrolton of Nash. Investigators on Thursday went to the facility at 7369 Hunter Hill Road, located Cooper, verified his identify and arrested him without incident, Medina said in the news release.
Cooper was taken to the magistrate’s office, where he was given a first appearance set for Oct. 11 in Nash County District Court in Nashville. He was jailed under a $1 million secured bond in the Nash County Detention Center.
Residents and fellow staff members were stunned by the arrest, Sonya Rozier, chief operating officer for Carrolton Facility Management, said Friday in an interview.
“We were very much surprised to learn of his arrest,” Rozier said. “Mr. Cooper has been a model employee. We have had no issues with him at all since we have managed this facility.”
Rozier said that Cooper was already an employee of Hunter Hill Rehabilitation when Carrolton Facility Management purchased the nursing home in fall 2020. Carrolton conducted a background check on all employees at the time and no negative findings popped up for Cooper, Rozier said.
Rocky Mount Mayor Sandy Roberson is CEO and part owner of Carrolton Facility Management. Roberson said in an interview Friday that he also was surprised to learn of the arrest and is waiting for a decision by the courts before passing judgment on Cooper.
“We have conducted our own internal investigation and have found no indication of abuse or misconduct by Cooper since he began working for us,” Roberson said. “In fact, three months ago he was named employee of the month based on a patient poll.”
Roberson said that Cooper is currently suspended without pay pending the results of the investigation and a possible trial.
“At that time, we will evaluate his status with us,” Roberson said. “The most important factor is the best interests of our patients.”