Former personal care home worker sentenced for patient abuse

PEARL RIVER COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A man who worked at a personal care home in Picayune was sentenced this week to 15 years behind bars for fondling a 72-year-old patient.

Brandon Rawlings, 26, of Pearl River County appeared Thursday before Pearl River County Circuit Court Judge Anthony Mozingo for sentencing.

On April 8, a jury found Rawlings guilty of fondling a vulnerable patient for the purpose of gratifying his lust. At the time the crime was committed, he was employed as a direct care worker for Magnolia Personal Care Home in Picayune.

The case was handled by the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.

"This office will keep working relentlessly to catch and put behind bars those who are mistreating our most vulnerable residents," Attorney General Jim Hood said Friday.

Judge Mozingo sentenced Rawlings to serve the maximum 15 years in prison.

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