Pearl River County resident going to prison for fondling of vulnerable person

JACKSON, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from Attorney General Jim Hood's Office

A Pearl River County resident has been sentenced to prison for fondling a vulnerable person, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Brandon Rawlings, 26, of Pearl River County appeared Thursday before Pearl River County Circuit Court Judge Anthony Mozingo for sentencing after a jury found him guilty April 8 of fondling a 72 year old patient for the purpose of gratifying his lust. At the time the crime was committed, Rawlings was employed as a direct care worker for Magnolia Personal Care Home in Picayune. Judge Mozingo sentenced Rawlings to serve the maximum 15 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

"This office will keep working relentlessly to catch and put behind bars those who are mistreating our most vulnerable residents," said Attorney General Hood.

The case was handled by the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.