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Nursing Home Worker Convicted of Rape to be Released

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Rochester: Nursing Home Worker Convicted of Rape to be Released
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A former Rochester nursing home worker convicted of raping and impregnating a woman who was in a coma in 1996 will soon be out of prison.

John Horace is nearing the end of a 16-year prison sentence and could be released as early as March.

The State Department of Corrections says Horace is scheduled for a conditional release in March. He's expected to be under community supervision, or parole, until 2021.

Horace was convicted of sexual abuse for raping and impregnating a comatose woman in a nursing home 17 years ago. He was denied parole last year.

A judge ruled Friday that Horace is a Level Two sex offender. It's a moderate threat level and means his photograph and residence will be available on the state’s sex offender registry.

"There was allegations that he plead to in fact, that he was acting and holding himself out, that he was a gynecologist and doing some exams on women and holding himself out as a sex therapist and again, in the deviant manner accessing women for his own sexual gratification," said Mary Randall, prosecutor.

The victim in this case had been in a coma for ten years following a car accident. She eventually gave birth to Horace's child, then died a year later.

The child is being raised by maternal grandparents.

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