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Police Collect DNA From Man Accused of Abusing Patient

July 17, 2008

By JOHN HOPKINS

By John Hopkins

The Virginian-Pilot

Chesapeake

Police have collected DNA evidence from a 48-year-old South Norfolk man accused of sexually abusing a comatose patient at a Chesapeake nursing home.

In a search warrant filed in Chesapeake Circuit Court, police said they seized saliva samples from Mark S. Albright in their investigation into the abuse of a female patient at Chesapeake Health and Rehabilitation Center, in the 600 block of Kingsborough Square off North Battlefield Boulevard. Albright is scheduled to appear in Chesapeake General District Court on Sept. 10 for a preliminary hearing to determine if there is sufficient evidence to send the case to a grand jury.

Albright, a resident of the 1400 block of Rodgers St., faces a felony charge of aggravated sexual battery. He faces from one to 20 years in prison if convicted .

Albright, a licensed practical nurse , is free on bond. He declined Wednesday to discuss the charge against him.

Police said a female employee at the nursing center entered the room of a 43-year-old patient on July 3 to conduct nightly medical duties. When she opened the door, the employee “observed suspect Mark Albright with his mouth on” the woman’s breast , according to a police affidavit filed in court.

The patient, who was in a coma and unresponsive, had been at the center for about a year, police said. Police said they needed the saliva sample for a DNA comparison.

Albright is no longer employed at the center, said Greg Yanta, the facility’s director. Officials at the facility are cooperating with authorities and have launched their own internal investigation, Yanta said.

John Hopkins, (757) 222-5221,

john.hopkins@pilotonline.com

the case

In a search warrant filed in Chesapeake Circuit Court, police said they seized saliva samples from Mark S. Albright, above, in their investigation into the abuse of a female patient at Chesapeake Health and Rehabilitation Center .

Originally published by BY JOHN HOPKINS.

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