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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  • by Keith on Jul 1, 2008 at 08:37 AM
    As a family member of a patient, I was deeply concerned about this incident. While I commend the facility for apparently taking swift action, I am concerned I had to hear about this on the local news. The facility should have notified the resident's family of this situation. No direct communication with the family members has taken place.
  • by chris Location: ozark on Jul 1, 2008 at 08:26 AM
    I know the man or thought I knew him, he was looked up to in certain circles and I can only imagine the harm he has done.My grandmother was at one point in this facility for physical rehabilitation and if I suspected he had `felt her up` then I`m afraid to think what I might do.The punishment should be to the fullest,a message needs to be sent saying that this type of sick behavior will NOT be tolerated.
  • by brenda Location: ariton on Jun 27, 2008 at 07:35 PM
    why is it the police of Ozark will not help the famlies of patients to find out if this man has been charged with this type of crime before. A call was made to the main police officer of this crime and he was very rude to the family and hung up on the family that was trying to find out about their love in the nurisng home. we paid the his salary and he does not have the right to be so rude. Chief of police Sprivey needs to control is detectives when dealing with the public more. The police is a servant of the public we do not owe the police officers for their service. If they don't want to deal with matters like this than they need to resign their position.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 27, 2008 at 07:20 PM
    elderly people at the nurisng homes are treated like they don't know whay's going on. A friend of mine my is in this nurisng home and complain fo a male thrying to moleste her at night while she was sleeping and the nuring faciltity claim she swas dreaming at tthe time. The paitent stated sh fought off this indival and that she may have scatch the perdaitor at the time of the indicident. the nurisng home don't belive the patients that are in a good state of mind when they complain.
  • by Jones Location: Enterprise on Jun 27, 2008 at 12:23 PM
    Well kudos to the nursing home employee and the administration of that facility for promptly reporting this to the proper authorities and stopping the sexual predator in his tracks. Now let's hope the judge sees fit to deal with him in a the proper manner when he makes it through our penal system. My hat is off to the vigilant and concerned nursing home employee that did that right thing. I hope the administration there recognizes this employee as outstanding.
  • by Old Geezer Location: Level Plains on Jun 27, 2008 at 10:19 AM
    Abuse of Elderly people is Not confined to nursing homes or rehabilitation centers alone. Even city and state and federal governments can participate in the abuse of Senior citizens. Just take a look at the recent cutting of funds by state and federal governments that were used to help our older citizens. Remember these are the same people that lived through the Great Depression and the Uncertainness of World War Two,they deserve better treatment and more respect than they are currently receiving. So if you are a politician do something to help our aging population.
  • by another old broad Location: geneva on Jun 27, 2008 at 08:47 AM
    His fitting punishment would be to lose both hands
  • by Concerned Person Location: South AL Region on Jun 27, 2008 at 07:04 AM
    I have personally worked and visited many residents at Ozark Health and Rehab. I truly sadden to hear about what has happened. Something like this nightmare makes all of us look horrid. Each one of us that have worked at Ozark are truly sadden. Our love and support goes out to the family and to everyone there.
  • by CJ Location: small community in SE Bama on Jun 27, 2008 at 06:36 AM
    This is absolutely appalling! Abuse of the elderly is a subject that really needs to be addressed. The people in nursing and assisted living facilities are not capable of taking care of themselves and need to be protected from abuse from both inside and out.
  • by A nurse Location: South Alabama on Jun 27, 2008 at 05:40 AM
    There are a lot of people that work in the Nursing Homes that really care about all the residents. I work with in a Nuring Home and all of us here think of all the residents as our family. We take our job very personally and we are all upset about what has happened at Ozark. Our heart goes out to Ozark Health and Rehab. Love your Sister Facilty
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