Former employees at Guntersville nursing home arrested for elder and sexual abuse

Ashley Johnston (left) and Anna Scroggins (right)

Guntersville police and the Marshall County District Attorney’s Office say the case involves five residents of the nursing home.

Posted: Mar 24, 2020 11:00 AM
Updated: Mar 24, 2020 11:54 AM

Two former employees of the Marshall Manor Nursing Home in Guntersville have been indicted with multiple counts of abuse and misconduct.

Guntersville police and the Marshall County District Attorney’s Office say the case involves five residents of the nursing home.

Ashley Johnston, 32, of Albertville is charged with two counts of sexual abuse first-degree, three counts of public lewdness, two counts of elder abuse third degree, harassment and indecent exposure.

Anna Scroggins, 26, of Albertville is charged with two counts of sexual abuse first degree, five counts of voyeurism second degree, public lewdness and elder abuse third degree.

Authorities say the accused incidents happened while both Johnston and Scroggins were employed by the nursing home as certified nursing assistants. They were both fired.

The district attorney’s office says families of the victims have been notified.

Johnston and Scroggins were booked in the Marshall County Jail with bond set at $70,000, each.

Marshall Manor issued this statement on Tuesday: 

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.

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