Meridian state hospital worker arrested for sexual battery

Meridian state hospital worker arrested for sexual battery

JACKSON, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the Mississippi Attorney General's Office.

LaCarlos Presswood, 35, of Meridian, has been arrested for sexual battery of a vulnerable person while employed as a Direct Care Worker of a state hospital, announced Attorney General Jim Hood.

Presswood turned himself in to Investigators of the Attorney General's Office Medicaid Fraud Control Unit today following an indictment by a Lauderdale County Grand Jury for one count of sexual battery of a vulnerable person.

The indictment alleges Presswood "willfully, unlawfully and feloniously engaged in sexual penetration with a vulnerable adult, as defined in §43-47-5 (q), of the Mississippi Code of 1972 Annotated, as amended, while being an employee of the health care facility in which the victim was a patient or resident." The victim is an adult male patient at East Mississippi State Hospital.

Presswood was booked in to the Lauderdale County jail where he is awaiting arraignment.  If convicted, he faces a maximum of 30 years in jail and $10,000 in fines. As with all cases, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

The case is being investigated by Trey Rogers of the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. Prosecution of the case will be handled by Special Assistant Attorney General Garland Lyell.

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