A Hudson Valley hospital worker sexually abused a patient.

On Thursday in Orange County Court, 57-year-old Nathan Oglesby of Wallkill was sentenced to four years in prison and ten years post-release supervision for having sexual contact with an inpatient of a residential facility where Oglesby was employed, and which is operated, licensed and certified by the New York State Office of Mental Health.

A jury found Oglesby guilty of a criminal sexual act and sexual abuse in October 2018.

During the trial, prosecutors argued Oglesby, who worked as a treatment aide in the facility, had sexual contact with a female inpatient.

Under New York State law, a resident or inpatient of such a facility is deemed incapable of consenting to sexual contact with facility staff members, according to the Orange County District Attorney's Office.

The jury found that although Oglesby didn't force the woman into sexual acts, he did commit crimes of a criminal sexual act and sexual abuse.

“We sought and obtained the maximum sentence permissible under the law for this defendant, who abused his position of trust to take advantage of a hospital patient when the patient was most vulnerable,” Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler said. “We cannot allow those who need and seek treatment to be victimized by those who are charged with caring for them.”

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