NEWS RELEASE
Office of Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr.


August 29, 2000 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357

BALTIMORE COUNTY NURSING HOME CAREGIVER CHARGED WITH ASSAULT OF RESIDENT

Baltimore - Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced that an agency-assigned caregiver at a Baltimore County nursing home has been charged in a four-count indictment with third and fourth degree sexual offenses, abuse of a vulnerable adult, and second degree assault for sexually assaulting a nursing home resident at Forest Haven Nursing Home in Baltimore County. At the time of the incident, Clinton McGregor, 36, was a certified nurse's assistant employed by Loving Care Agency, Inc. but assigned to Forest Haven.

The indictment returned by the Baltimore County Grand Jury alleges that McGregor sexually assaulted an 89-year-old woman who was in his care while she was a resident at the nursing home. The victim suffers from dementia. The charges against McGregor were filed at the request of Attorney General Curran.

While an indictment is only an accusation of wrongdoing, and all persons are presumed innocent unless proven guilty, a charge of sexual offense in the third degree is a felony punishable by a maximum sentence of up to 10 years imprisonment. A fourth degree sexual offense is a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum sentence of up to one-year imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $1,000. Abuse of a vulnerable adult and second degree assault are both misdemeanors punishable by up to five years imprisonment and a fine not to exceed $5,000, and up to 10 years imprisonment and a fine not to exceed $2,500 respectively.

The case is being prosecuted by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Maryland Attorney General's Office.

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