Mental Health Worker Accused of Raping Patient

Timothy Lynn Alford, 53, of Burlington, North Carolina [Photo credit: Alamance County Sheriff's Office]

The crime is said to have occurred in August of 2018, but the arrest came just this last Monday.


The 19 year old, described only as a disabled client at a behavioral health center, was taken to the University of North Carolina Hospital on August 21st where a sexual assault kit was administered.  The kit was then sent to the State Bureau of Investigation for testing..


In the intervening time, it is reported that the Special Victims Unit of the Alamance County Sheriff's Office "conducted multiple interviews and follow ups” with the employees of the unnamed Chapel Hill behavioral health center where the suspect was employed at the time of the assault.


A search warrant was eventually granted for the home of 53 year old Timothy Lynn Alford  where DNA samples were collected.


After the evidence was reviewed by the SVU and the District Attorney, they determined that there was enough evidence to file charges against Alford.


He was arrested on Monday on one count of felony second-degree forcible rape and misdemeanor sexual battery.  His bond was set at $75,000.  As of this morning however, he is no longer showing on the Alamance County inmate roster.


It is not known if he was still employed there at the time of his arrest.


According to court records, Alford is scheduled to appear in court on January 29th.