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For Immediate Release Contact: Christopher BorekOctober 22, 2018 845.291.3276, 845.238.4245c
District Attorney Hoovler Announces Felony Conviction in Case Involving
Sexual Abuse of Hospital Patient
Hospital Worker Convicted of Criminal Sexual Act in the Third Degree and Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree for having Sexual Contact with a Patient who was Unable to Consent
Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler announced that on Monday, October 22, 2018, Nathan Oglesby, 57, of Wallkill, was found guilty after a jury trial before Orange County Court Judge William DeProspo of Criminal Sexual Act in the Third Degree, and Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree, for having had sexual contact with an inpatient of a residential facility where he was employed, and which is operated, licensed and certified by the New York State Office of Mental Health.
During the trial prosecutors argued that Oglesby, who worked as a treatment aide in the facility, had sexual contact with the female inpatient. Under New York State law a resident or inpatient of such a facility is deemed incapable of consenting to sexual contact with facility staff-members. The jury found that although Oglesby did not subject the victim to sexual contact by forcible compulsion, he did commit the crimes of Criminal Sexual Act in the Third Degree, and Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree. Oglesby faces up to four years in state prison when he is sentenced on January 10, 2019, for the felony of Criminal Sexual Act in the Third Degree.
District Attorney Hoovler highly commended Senior Assistant District Attorney Michael Milza and Assistant District Attorney Lisa Morgillo, who prosecuted the case.
District Attorney Hoovler thanked the City of Port Jervis Police Department for their investigation of the case, Oglesby’s arrest, and their assistance with the prosecution.
“We cannot allow those who need and seek treatment to be victimized by those who are charged with caring for them,” said District Attorney Hoovler. “We will be seeking the maximum sentence permissible for this defendant, who abused his position of trust to take advantage of a hospital patient when they were most vulnerable.”
A criminal charge is merely an allegation that a defendant has committed a violation of the criminal law, and it is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the State of New York’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.