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

September 15, 2000 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357


Baltimore - Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that an agency-assigned certified nursing assistant, Clinton E. McGregor, was sentenced by Baltimore City District Court Judge Charles A. Chiapperelli to two years incarceration in the Division of Correction, suspending all but 47 days for stuffing paper towels into an elderly nursing home residentís mouth and slapping her on her exposed hip.

McGregor, 36, of the 3700 block of Julian Court, Randallstown, was found guilty of one count of abuse of a vulnerable adult for assaulting a nursing home resident at Lorien Nursing and Rehabilitation Center-Frankford. Judge Chiapperelli also ordered McGregor to perform 100 hours of community service, stay out of the direct-care field for a period of three years and ordered that McGregor be placed on three years supervised probation.

The incident occurred in late September 1999. The eyewitness was providing bedside care to the 94-year-old vulnerable adult victim when the victim began to shout obscenities. In response, McGregor forcibly stuffed paper towels into the victimís mouth. When the victim tried to spit out the paper towels, McGregor tried to shove them back into her mouth. McGregor then smacked the victimís exposed hip several times, calling her a "nasty old lady."

"This kind of mistreatment of the elderly will not be tolerated in the State of Maryland," Attorney General Curran said. "The residents of these facilities are physically and mentally ill and therefore depend on people like Mr. McGregor to provide them with proper care at all times. Mr. McGregor cannot simply choose to dole out doses of compassion and care to only those patients who are cooperative and pleasant."

This case was handled by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Attorney Generalís Office, which has authority to investigate and prosecute vulnerable adult abuse in facilities receiving Medicaid funds.