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


November 22, 2000 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357

NURSING ASSISTANT GUILTY IN ABUSE OF 88-YEAR-OLD NURSING HOME PATIENT

Baltimore - Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that an agency-assigned certified nursing assistant and medical technician, Clinton E. McGregor was found guilty by Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge Barbara Kerr Howe of abuse of a vulnerable adult and second degree assault for assaulting an 88-year-old nursing home resident at Forest Haven Nursing home in Catonsville last November. McGregor was acquitted of third and fourth degree sexual offense charges.

Sentencing for McGregor, 36, of the 3700 block of Julian Court, Randallstown is set for March 1, 2001. The incident occurred on November 5, 1999. The eyewitness testified that McGregor was escorting the vulnerable adult victim to an elevator and the elderly victim was agitated and was resisting McGregorís assistance. When they entered the elevator, McGregor began to verbally taunt the victim and touch her inappropriately on her breasts, vagina and buttocks. The victim tried to protect herself by swatting his hands away. When the elevator doors opened, McGregor refused to allow the victim to exit, pulling her back into the elevator. Finally, after the elevator door opened a third time, he let go of the victim and she fled off the elevator back to her room.

McGregor had previously been prosecuted by the Attorney Generalís Medicaid Fraud Control Unit in September for assaulting a 94-year-old nursing home resident at Lorien Nursing and Rehabilitation Center-Frankford. He received a sentence of two years incarceration of which all but 47 days was suspended for the Lorien Nursing Home offense.

"What Mr. McGregor did to this elderly woman is completely unacceptable. His actions not only caused harm to the patient, they also breeched the trusting care-giver/patient bond that so many honest and caring nursing assistants work so hard to cultivate," Attorney General Curran said. "We will continue to prosecute the Clinton McGregors and hope it will serve as a deterrent in an effort to prevent similar cases from occurring."

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.

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