Former Mental Health Facility Technician Charged With Sexually Assaulting Patient

Monday, August 11, 2014
Marcus Dewayne Benford
Marcus Dewayne Benford

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has obtained an indictment for a former technician at a Hamilton County mental health facility for sexually assaulting a female patient there.

At the request of the Chattanooga Police Department, investigators with the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation began investigating Marcus Dewayne Benford, after a female patient at the Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institute told Chattanooga police that she had sex with him. Benford was a technician at Moccasin Bend at that time. The victim stated she had sexual intercourse with Benford on April 21, 2013, and reported it to police the following day.

On July 31, the Grand Jury for the 11th Judicial District in Hamilton County returned an indictment for Benford, charging the 38-year-old Chattanooga man with sexual battery by an authority figure. Benford turned himself in to officers with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department on Saturday night. He is being held there on a $25,000 bond.


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