Police: Hospital worker had sex with mentally ill child

A former Piedmont hospital employee is in jail, accused of having sex with a mentally ill girl.

ROCK HILL, S.C. -- A former Piedmont Medical Center employee remained in jail Monday night after police say he had sex with a 16-year-old patient who was mentally ill.

Arrest warrants state 57-year-old Otis Smith knew not only knew that the teen was mentally unstable, but also gave her some sort of drug, had sex with her, and then dropped her off at a Charlotte mall with $40 and a pack of cigarettes.

"A young lady had altered mental state issues and went to Piedmont Medical Center this summer for treatment,” Mark Bollinger with Rock Hill police explained. “During that time she was befriended by one of the security guards who worked at the hospital."

He says that security guard, Otis Smith, of Rock Hill, gave her an unknown medication to “calm her down” before bringing her to his home to have sex.

The victim’s family members reported the rape to police, who arrested Smith at his Rock Hill home over the weekend.

Bollinger says this situation should be a cautionary tale for any parent.

“You need to monitor who your children are talking to both on the phone, in public, on Facebook, chat, all the social media things,” he said. “You should always know where your children are and where they’re going.”

Piedmont Medical Center released a statement about how they dealt with Smith following the allegations:

“Immediately upon notification of this alleged off-campus incident involving an employee of the firm contracted to provide security services for the hospital, appropriate steps were taken by his employer to relieve him of his duties. He will not be allowed to return to the hospital campus. We have cooperated fully with this investigation and will continue to do so. The safety and security of our patients is and will continue to be our top priority.”

A judge granted Smith $60,000 bond.

Copyright 2016 WCNC


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