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Patient at Phoenix behavioral hospital arrested after alleged sexual assault

Jeffery Mollett (MCSO mugshot)

PHOENIX — A patient at a Phoenix behavioral hospital was arrested Saturday after allegedly sexually assaulting another patient earlier in the day, authorities said.

Jeffery Mollett, 42, was allegedly found naked from waist down and on top of a 79-year-old female patient in her room by a staff member at Haven Behavioral Hospital near Seventh Avenue and Buckeye Road at about 4:40 a.m., according to court documents.

Mollett then allegedly got dressed, left the room and told the employee that nothing had happened, the police probable cause statement said.

The victim, who suffers from dementia and psychosis, told police that a man had entered her room, pointed to her genitals and said he did something there, police said.

A medical exam revealed the woman had been sexually assaulted, police said.

Surveillance video from the hospital shows Mollett entering the victim’s room about 25 minutes before he was found by the staff member, police said.

Mollett, who had been admitted to the hospital on Friday, later told detectives that he was in the victim’s room and had attempted to have intercourse with her, police said.

Mollett was charged with three counts of sexual assault, one count of sexual abuse and one count of kidnapping.

His bond was set for $100,000 and his next court date is set for Thursday.

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