Ozark Male Charged with Sexually Abusing Elderly Patients at a Nursing Home

Investigators say an Ozark man admitted he sexually abused patients at Ozark Health and Rehabilitation Center.

65-year-old Michael Magrath of Ozark is charged with two counts of 1st degree sexual abuse.

Authorities say they received information on Wednesday regarding sexual abuse at the nursing home from an employee.

"A male visitor had been observed by an employee of the facility in a room fondling the breast of one of the patients," said Chief Tony Spivey, with Ozark Police Department. "The investigation later revealed that he had been in another room with another patient."

Authorities say after the suspect was taken into custody he confessed to his actions and was arrested.

Officials with the nursing home did release a statement saying that they are working with the authorities to make sure adequate measures are being taken.

Authorities say the case will soon be turned over to the grand jury.

Magrath is currently being held in the Dale County Jail.


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