State Hospital Employee Arrested for Fondling Resident

June 8, 2018

Kenneth Tanksley, 27, of Meridian, was indicted by a Lauderdale County grand jury on one felony count of fondling of a vulnerable person by an employee of a health care facility.

A former employee of East Mississippi State hospital surrendered to authorities Friday morning after being indicted for fondling a vulnerable person at the facility, announced Attorney General Jim Hood.

Kenneth Tanksley, 27, of Meridian, was indicted by a Lauderdale County grand jury on one felony count of fondling of a vulnerable person by an employee of a health care facility. Tanksley was suspended at the time of the alleged crime.

If convicted, Tanksley faces up to 15 years in prison and $5,000 in fines. A charge is merely an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

This case was investigated by Trey Rogers with the AG’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and will be prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Kathy Parker.

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