Monthly Archives: July 2012

Psych nurse admits sexual assault; patient wants judgment against mental hospital

A McArthur woman who is suing a former nurse/supervisor at a local mental hospital has asked a judge to grant her partial summary judgment in the case.

The woman, who has asked for damages of more than $2 million, claimed in her suit, filed last December, that Ryan E. Blaine, a former employee of the Appalachian Behavioral Health Center, had inappropriate sexual contact with her in January and February 2011 when she was a patient there.

After the Ohio State Highway Patrol investigated the woman’s allegations, Blaine pleaded guilty to attempted patient abuse, a fifth-degree felony. He was ordered to relinquish his nursing certificate, and placed on three years’ probation.

In addition to Blaine, the lawsuit named five “John Doe” defendants who were working for the Ohio Department of Mental Health, alleging that when the plaintiff complained about Blaine’s actions, the other employees “drugged (her) and subjected her to isolation, telling her that she fabricated the… events of which she complained.”

In asking Athens County Common Pleas Judge Michael Ward to grant partial summary judgment, the woman’s attorneys, Richard V. Zurz and Martin S. Delahunty, cite a number of facts they say are not in dispute, because Blaine has failed to respond to a set of questions filed by the plaintiff, asking for admissions of fact.

These include the fact that Blaine has admitted he was a supervisor at ABH when the woman was there; that he had access to her medical chart; that she was a patient under his care; that he engaged in improper sexual conduct with her; and that he pled guilty to a felony charge stemming from this conduct.

“The foregoing admitted facts constitute violations of Ohio law and constitute an assault and abuse of a patient under Ohio law,” the motion alleges.

The plaintiff has alleged among other claims that Blaine committed assault and patient abuse, and that he violated her constitutional right to be “secure in her person.” Each claim, her attorneys maintain, is supported by the undisputed facts they have cited.

“The defendant’s admissions in conjunction with the laws of the state of Ohio clearly provide that the plaintiff has proven the elements necessary to allow summary judgment” on the first six claims in her lawsuit, the motion argues.

Therefore, Zurz and Delahunty have asked Ward to rule in their client’s favor, and to schedule a hearing on how much she deserves in damages.

When The Athens NEWS sought comment in December 2011 on the lawsuit, a spokesperson for the ODMH said she could not comment on pending litigation involving one of the agency’s facilities. The lawsuit does not name ODMH itself as a defendant.

Source: “Woman wants judgment in mental hospital lawsuit,” The Athens News, July 18, 2012.

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UK psych nurse, 52, had sexual relationship with 16-year-old patient

A nurse in her 50s has admitted having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old patient at a secure mental health unit.

Jeanette MacLeod had an illicit affair with the teenage boy at the NHS facility in the West Midlands where she had worked for five years.

Married MacLeod, who lives in Erdington, Birmingham, pleaded guilty at Wolverhampton Crown Court yesterday to five counts of engaging in ‘sexual activity with a person with a mental disorder by a care worker’.

She will be sentenced at the same court in early September.

The 52-year-old was accused of engaging in sexual activity with the teenage patient at the unit, run by Birmingham And Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.

Married MacLeod has been a registered nurse for 22 years and had worked at the unit for the past five years.

It is understood the case centred on allegations that she had sexual contact with the alleged victim while he was a patient.

The unit was opened in 2003 as one of only a small number of adolescent forensic units in Britain and houses some of the country’s most mentally disturbed teenagers, as well as mentally ill women.

When asked about the allegations before yesterday’s hearing, MacLeod had said: ‘There’s two sides to every story. It wasn’t just me.’

MacLeod will be sentenced at Wolverhampton Crown Court the week beginning September 3

Frances Allcock, executive director for organisational development and performance improvement at Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, declined to comment on the case.

She said: ‘While the defendant has pleaded guilty, this case is still in progress and as such it would be inappropriate for us to comment further until after sentencing.’

Source: “Married nurse, 52, had sexual relationship with mentally-ill 16-year-old boy in secure unit,” Daily Mail Reporter, July 11, 2012.

Plaintiff’s attorney says “psychiatrist predator” sexually preyed upon at least nine patients

Monroe psychiatrist Dr. Abdullahi Mohamed  is accused of sexually assaulting his patients. Now one of them is filing a civil suit for ten million dollars.

The 26-year-old mother of two is actually the first patient who came forward in the criminal case which lists up to eight other women.

Holly Hord of Newport says she’s been a patient of Monroe psychiatrist Abdullahi Mohamed for years. But six months ago she says their appointments at Mercy Nursing Center , operated by Mercy Memorial Hospital turned sexual. The hospital has no affiliation with Mercy Health Systems in Toledo.

“His behavior just made a complete switch. I trusted him completely with my life to give me medicine that’s supposed to make me better.”

In May, Hord says the touching turned to intercourse at the doctor’s office. She contacted the state police and other alleged victims came forward.

According to Hord’s attorney Gregory Rohl, Mohamed is,  “a psychiatrist predator who has visited upon at least nine known victims of sexual assault in the confines of a therapeutic relationship.”

The 58-year-old is facing criminal sexual charges in Monroe County. He’s free on $100,000 bond.

The trial is expected to begin in August in Monroe County.

13abc tried to contact Dr. Mohamed at his home in Dearborn Heights. But no one answered the door.

Defense attorney Barry Resnick, who represents Mohamed on the criminal charges in Monroe County told 13abc over the phone. The doctor “adamantly and categorically denies each and every allegation.”

Mercy Memorial Hospital in Monroe did not return calls for comment.

Source: “Lawsuit filed against Dr. charged with sex abuse,” ABC-13 (Toledo, OH), July 11, 2012.