North Vernon man arrested for Columbus nursing home battery

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Mug shot of Benjamin R. Reinert

COLUMBUS, Ind. (January 25, 2016) – A North Vernon man was arrested Friday after officers received a complaint that he was inappropriately touching a patient at the nursing home.

Shortly before 9:00 p.m. officers responded to the nursing home on the north side of Columbus in regards to an intoxicated man who was causing problems.

The nursing home staff told police that Benjamin R. Reinert, 34, was visiting a patient when he became disruptive.

The staff stated that Reinert was seen urinating outside on the building, and he threw glass clippings on one of the resident. They also said that Reinert touched a female resident inappropriately right before the officers arrived.

Reinert was taken into custody and later transported to 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).