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A caregiver accused by a 66-year-old patient of abusing her pleaded guilty to sexual battery.

Robert Ligayo, 65, of Aliso Viejo was scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 26, according to court records Monday.

At his arraignment in June 2013, Ligayo’s family proclaimed his innocence to reporters and the judge.

“His wife said all of his patients love him and the company used him as one of their main guys because the patients liked him so much,” defense attorney Dennis O’Connell said at the time.

Ligayo was arrested after the then-66-year-old woman came forward to allege that her in-home caregiver, Ligayo, had been sexually abusing her for the past six months, according to Orange County Sheriff’s Department officials.

The woman resided at the time in the Laguna Woods senior housing community, sheriff’s officials said at the time of Ligayo’s arrest.

–City News Service

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