A Seminary resident has admitted to fondling a vulnerable person while employed as a caregiver.
Linda Bush, 62, entered an open plea of guilty before Judge Anthony Mozingo in Lamar County Circuit Court Wednesday.
An open plea means the defendant refused to accept the state's recommendation and instead threw herself on the mercy of the court.
Bush admitted to fondling a vulnerable person by a person in a position of trust or authority while employed as a direct care worker at a care facility which provided services for mentally or developmentally impaired adults in Sumrall.
Judge Mozingo sentenced Bush to 10 years in the custody of Mississippi Department of Corrections with four years to serve and six years suspended. The judge fined her $1,000 and ordered five years of supervised probation after release from custody and further ordered she register as a sex offender upon her release.
The mother and aunt of the victim were in court Wednesday and indicated they are pleased with the sentencing.
The crime occurred in July 2010 when a female client of the facility informed staff members that Bush had fondled her breasts.
The facility contacted the Attorney General's Office and an investigation was conducted by investigators with the AG's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.
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