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Former Highland Rivers employee accused of sexual assault

Bobby Orlando Grier

Bobby Orlando Grier

A former employee at Highlands River Health turned himself in at the jail Tuesday morning after being accused of having sexual relations with a patient he had a “supervisory authority” over, reports stated.

According to Floyd County Jail reports:

Bobby Orlando Grier, 50, of 12 Crosscreek Drive, is charged with felony sexual assault by a hospital employee with person or patient detained in the same hospital.

Grier had been a nursing assistant at Highland Rivers when, between Jan. 8 and Feb. 1, he had sexual relations with a patient, according to a warrant for his arrest. He received oral sex from the woman along with fondling her private parts, the warrant stated.

The warrant also stated the sexual assault occurred at the Floyd Crisis Stabilization Unit of Highland Rivers at 1 Woodbine Ave.

Highland Rivers spokesman Michael Mullet confirmed Tuesday that Grier is no longer employed there.

On Feb. 1, staff at Highland Rivers were informed of an employee “possibly having inappropriate relations with a patient at their facility,” according to a news release from the Rome Police Department. After finding out this employee was a nursing assistant, Highland Rivers management “immediately notified” Rome police about the allegations, the release stated.

“Upon completion of an investigation with the assistance of Highland Rivers management, it is alleged that Mr. Grier did violate the patient’s trust of care while under his watch.”

Grier was released from jail Tuesday morning after posting an $11,200 bond.

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