Health care employee arrested on sexual battery of vulnerable person charge

By Press Release

JACKSON – A North Mississippi health care worker has been arrested for sexual battery of a vulnerable person, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Tammie Shantay Gates, 32 of Okolona turned herself in investigators with the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Attorney General’s Office Friday, June 17, in Copiah County.

Gates was indicted by a Copiah County Grand Jury on June 1, 2011, for sexual battery of a vulnerable person by a health care employee (MCA 43-47-18(1)(b)). The indictment alleges that the incident occurred on or about July 31, 2009 while Gates was employed as a psychiatric assistant at Millcreek of Pontotoc, psychiatric residential treatment center. The alleged victim was a 17-year-old resident of the facility who was on pass from the facility and visiting a relative’s house in Crystal Springs. Gates is accused of going to that location and having sex with the victim.

Gates was booked into the Copiah County jail and waived arraignment. Her bond was set at $20,000 and trial set for July 26, 2011. If convicted, she faces up to 30 years behind bars. As with all cases, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

The case was investigated by Joe Sanderson of the Attorney General’s MFCU and will be prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Pat McNamara.