Leslie Mardis, 24, of Ecru, turned herself in to authorities to face charges she fondled a Vulnerable Person. Mardis is accused of unlawfully touching a female patient who was in her mid teens during her employment as a psychiatric assistant with a licensed psychiatric residential treatment facility in Pontotoc.
A "vulnerable person" is defined as “a person, whether a minor or adult, whose ability to perform the normal activities of daily living or to provide for his or her own care or protection from abuse, neglect, exploitation or improper sexual contact is impaired due to a mental, emotional, physical or developmental disability or dysfunction, or brain damage or the infirmities of aging.
"The term 'vulnerable person' also includes all residents or patients in a care facility, regardless of their age," said Attorney General Hood.
Mardis was booked at the Pontotoc County jail and her bond set at $10,000. If convicted, she faces not less than two and up to 15 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections.
This case was investigated and will be prosecuted by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Attorney General's Office.
As with all cases, the charge is merely an
accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.