A man working as a psychiatric technician at Adventist Healthcare Behavioral Health in Rockville has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting at least two patients at the facility.
48-year-old Macdof Oghenejabo Okah has been charged with second-degree rape and committing a third-degree sexual offense. According to the police, the two assaults happened at the facility and both of the victims were patients.
The first victim told police that on June 5, a male medical center employee sexually assaulted her at Adventist Healthcare Behavioral Health. She reported this alleged sexual assault the next day.
A second victim contacted the police on June 20 to report that there had been “inappropriate and unwanted sexual contact” from a male employee at the facility around February 6, 2018, when she was a patient at the facility.
Okah was fired on June 7.
The authorities believe that there could be other victims who have not yet come forward. Anyone who believes that they were a victim of Okah is asked to call the Special Victims Investigations Division at 240-773-5400.
Sexual assault victims lawyer Aaron Blank has helped victims find justice in both criminal and civil courtrooms. We’ve asked Aaron to add a few of his thoughts on the legal rights of those who have been sexually assaulted by employees at medical facilities:
In the medical field, trust between employees and patients is paramount. Employees of medical facilities are trusted to provide patients with the quality of care they need and to treat them with the respect they deserve. Sadly, there is a high risk for abuse in this field if untrustworthy people are hired and allowed to work with patients. There have been numerous cases of medical patients being sexually assaulted by employees.
When a medical facility employee is reported for sexually assaulting a patient, it’s important to address a few different concerns. The allegations must be reported to police and investigated, the victim must be provided with support, and the facility should be investigated to determine if they had sufficient protections against sexual assault of patients by employees.
Some cases of sexual assault in medical facilities are preventable and only happen due to negligence by the facility – such as failure to run background checks before hiring new employees. In such cases of negligence, the victim may have grounds for a lawsuit against the facility.
Have you or a loved one been sexually assaulted at a medical facility? You may be able to find answers and support in the legal system. You can learn more about your legal rights in a free consultation with one of our dedicated sexual assault victims lawyers.