PROVO — A man charged with abusing elderly women in a nursing home waived his right to a preliminary hearing in order to preserve a potential deal with prosecutors.

Jesus Partida, 33, charged with 11 counts of forcible sex abuse, a second-degree felony, and four counts of forcible sodomy, a first-degree felony, was scheduled for a preliminary hearing Tuesday.

To preserve an offer and potential plea bargain from the Utah County Attorney's Office, Partida agreed to forgo the proceeding.

"If he went forward with the prelim, the offer would be revoked," said Deputy Utah County Attorney Dave Sturgill.

Sturgill could not comment on the specifics of the arrangement.

Had Partida proceeded with the hearing, family members of the victims were prepared to testify, Sturgill said.

Partida has been in the Utah County Jail since his arrest on Aug. 12.

According to police documents filed in 4th District Court, Partida came to police in July, confessing to abusing 10 elderly women over the past two years. All but one of the women have passed away.

Partida worked as a certified nursing assistant at the Heritage Care Center in American Fork and had allegedly abused women suffering dementia or Alzheimer's disease, according to court documents. Partida has no criminal background and had passed all security checks before being hired at the center.

Partida will next appear in court on Jan. 5, when he will enter a plea.