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


March 1, 2001 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357

CERTIFIED NURSE'S AID SENTENCED TO THREE YEARS IN JAIL FOR ASSAULTING 88-YEAR-OLD WOMAN

Baltimore - Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today that an agency-assigned certified medical technician, Clinton E. McGregor, was sentenced by Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge Barbara Kerr Howe to five years incarceration in the Division of Correction, with all but three years suspended for assaulting an elderly nursing home resident.

McGregor, 37, of the 3700 block of Julian Court, Randallstown, had been found guilty in November after a court trial of one count of abuse of a vulnerable adult and one count of second degree assault for assaulting an 88-year-old resident at Forest Haven Nursing Home in Catonsville. Judge Howe sentenced McGregor to five years incarceration for each count, suspending all but three years for each prison term, to run concurrent. Judge Howe also ordered McGregor to refrain from any employment where he would be providing direct care to an individual, and ordered that he be placed on three years supervised probation at the completion of his sentence.

The incident occurred on November 5, 1999. The eyewitness testified that she accompanied McGregor and the 88-year-old victim onto an elevator at Forest Haven Nursing Home. The victim, who suffers from schizophrenia, dementia and osteoarthritis, was upset and resisting McGregor's efforts to get on the elevator. Once on the elevator, McGregor grabbed the vulnerable adult victim's breast, buttocks and vagina with both hands. When the elevator doors opened, McGregor grabbed hold of the victim's clothes, preventing her from exiting the elevator.

The Attorney General's Office had also prosecuted McGregor for abuse of a vulnerable adult that occurred at Lorien Nursing and Rehabilitation Center-Frankford. That incident occurred in September 1999, just a few weeks prior to the Forest Haven incident. In that case, McGregor forcibly stuffed paper towels into a 94-year-old nursing home resident's mouth after she had shouted obscenities at another caregiver. When the victim tried to spit out the paper towels, McGregor shoved them back into her mouth. McGregor then smacked the victim's exposed hip several times, calling her a "nasty old lady." McGregor was sentenced to a two-year period of incarceration for that crime, with all but 47 days suspended.

Both of these cases were handled by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Attorney General's Office, which has authority to investigate and prosecute vulnerable adult abuse in facilities receiving Medicaid funds.

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