Hospital Worker Who Had Sexual Contact With a Patient Who Was Unable to Consent
Sentenced to Four Years in State Prison
Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler announced that on Thursday, January 10, 2019, Nathan Oglesby, 57, of Wallkill, was sentenced by Orange County Court Judge William DeProspo to four years in state prison and ten years post-release supervision for having had sexual contact with an inpatient of a residential facility where Oglesby was employed, and which is operated, licensed, and certified by the New York State Office of Mental Health. On October 22, 2018, Oglesby was found guilty after a jury trial of Criminal Sexual Act in the Third Degree and Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree.
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’s sentence of four years in state prison was the maximum sentence permissible for those crimes.
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, for Oglesby’s arrest, and for their assistance with the prosecution.
“We sought and obtained the maximum sentence permissible under the law for this defendant, who abused his position of trust to take advantage of a hospital patient when the patient was most vulnerable,” said District Attorney Hoovler. “We cannot allow those who need and seek treatment to be victimized by those who are charged with caring for them.”