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Fayette man charged with sexually assaulting patient

BECKLEY, W.Va. -- A Fayette County man faces charges of sexually assaulting a female patient in the psychiatric ward at Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital.

Beckley police said 40-year-old Michael Brian Settle of Lochgelly was arrested Sunday night after hospital officials contacted police.

Settle is charged with third-degree sexual assault.

Police say Settle and the 60-year-old victim were both patients in the psychiatric ward at the time of the alleged assault.

Settle was being held Tuesday in the Southern Regional Jail.

Hospital officials said Monday that an internal investigation of the incident is underway.


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