MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. - Two former employees of Marshall Manor Nursing Home were indicted on elder and sexual abuse charges Tuesday.
The Marshall County District Attorney's Office said Ashley Johnston, 32, and Anna Scroggins, 26, face multiple charges of abuse while they worked at the nursing home.
Johnston was charged with two counts of first-degree sexual abuse, three counts of public lewdness, two counts of third-degree elder abuse, and one count each of harassment and indecent exposure.
Scroggins was charged with two counts of first-degree sexual abuse, five counts of second-degree voyeurism, and one count each of public lewdness and third-degree elder abuse.
Marshall Manor has fired both of the suspects, and the District Attorney's Office said they have fully cooperated with the joint investigation between the District Attorney's Office and Guntersville Police Department. The District Attorney's Office said the investigation is still ongoing.
Both suspects have been booked into the Marshall County Jail with bond set at $70,000 apiece.
Marshall Manor issued a statement following the arrest.
STATEMENT FROM MARSHALL MANOR
"We were shocked and extremely concerned when we received allegations about the reprehensible misconduct of two of our employees. We immediately responded to the situation by reporting the matter to all appropriate law enforcement agencies, terminating the employees, and contacting families of the involved residents.
We have fully cooperated with the Marshall County District Attorney’s Office, Guntersville Police Department, and other state agencies to make sure these employees are brought to justice and prosecuted to the full extent of the law. We are very grateful to the Marshall County District Attorney’s Office and Guntersville Police Department for their professionalism and quick response to this situation.
We also want to thank our residents and their families. We appreciate the trust they have placed in us and don’t take it for granted. We love and care about all of our residents at Marshall Manor. Our first obligation is to them, which includes being honest with them. That’s why we notified every family about what happened at Marshall Manor – including those who were directly affected and those who were not.
As we told them, we are very upset and sorry about this entire situation. We do not and will not tolerate mistreatment of any residents at Marshall Manor."Marshall Manor