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Psychiatric patient charged with sexually assaulting woman in wheelchair at ECMC

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A 26-year-old man has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman in a wheelchair at Erie County Medical Center. The Erie County District Attorney's Office says Dorian Harold, who has no permanent address, was arraigned in Buffalo City Court on two counts of criminal sexual act in the first degree and two counts of sexual abuse in the first degree.

“A patient of ECMC’s Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP) on Monday, May 6th was alleged to have engaged in inappropriate behavior toward another CPEP patient, which was halted by staff," said Peter Cutler, ECMC Vice President of Communications and External Affairs in a statement. "ECMC is taking this matter very seriously and referred the incident to law enforcement for a full investigation.”

Harold is scheduled to return to court Monday for a felony hearing. Bail was set at $30,000 and Harold remains held at this time.

If convicted on all charges, he faces a maximum of 25 years in prison.

Another Buffalo man is also facing a maximum of 25 years in prison on charges he raped and injured a woman inside a Riverside apartment.

The Erie County District Attorney's Office Bryam Bassett, 28, was arraigned in City Court on two counts of rape in the first degree, one count of assault in the second degree and one count of unlawful imprisonment in the first degree.

It is alleged that starting May 5, Bassett raped, restrained and purposedly caused physical injuries to the woman over the course of two days.

He is scheduled to return to court Monday and remains held on $100,000 bail.