Man accused of sexual activity with 2 mental hospital patients

by: Eric Philips Updated:


HAMLET, N.C. - A man is out of jail Monday after two mental patients reported they had sexual activity with him in the Sandhills Regional Hospital.

Thaddeus Primus is a janitor at the hospital.

Hospital workers told Channel 9 the CEO has no comment at this time.

Lisa Primus was moved to tears when Eyewitness News told her about the arrest of her brother.

“I can't believe that. Not him,” Lisa Primus said.

Police said the arrest followed complaints filed by two women. One who had just been released from the hospital and one who was still admitted.  Thaddeus Primus is a custodian at the hospital.

“He was a janitor so he basically had access to the facility to do his duties,” said Hamlet police chief John Haywood.
Officials at the Richmond County jail said Thaddeus Primus bonded out hours after he was arrested.  Channel 9 went to his home but no one was there.  His sister said she just talked to him Sunday.

“He didn’t said nothing to me about that. Oh God, I can't believe this,” she said. “People everywhere loves him. He's very friendly. He's comedian. Like he don't bother nobody.”

Police charged Thaddeus Primus with three counts of sexual activity.

“We've handled it now and won't be having that problem anymore out of there,” Haywood said.

Channel 9 tried to find out how long Thaddeus Primus worked at the hospital and if he was still employed, but hospital officials wouldn't answer those questions.