A Mooers man is charged with raping a woman in CVPH Medical Center's Mental Health Unit.

Police received a complaint on May 18, 2011, from the parents of a 34-year-old woman who said their daughter had been raped at 3 a.m. April 24, 2011, while a patient at the Plattsburgh hospital, according to Plattsburgh City Police Lt. Pat Rascoe.

An investigation led to the arrest of Michael B. Garrand, 54, of Mooers on Dec. 15, 2011, based on a warrant signed by Plattsburgh City Judge Penelope Clute.

Garrand is charged with second-degree rape, a felony, alleging that he engaged in sex with another person "who is incapable of consent by reason of being mentally disabled or mentally incapacitated," according to New York State Law.

Rascoe could not say whether Garrand was a patient of the hospital, but he did confirm that the man was not an employee.

Michael Hildebrand, spokesman for CVPH, said that due to patient confidentiality, he could not comment on the matter.

There are protocols on the Mental Health Unit for checking on patients in their rooms and elsewhere at certain intervals, Hildebran said. But he said he couldn't provide details.

Hildebrand did say that the hospital is cooperating fully with the investigation.

Garrand, who was released on his own recognizance, is due back in court on Jan. 25.

Email Rebecca Webster at: rwebster@pressrepublican.com

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