Cops: Nurse sexually assaulted women while they were under anesthesia

Michael Morgan turned himself into the Fulton County Jail on May 12.

Michael Morgan turned himself into the Fulton County Jail on May 12.

The original version of this story was published at 2:34 p.m. on Monday, May 15. It has been updated with comment from police and officials from Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates.

A male nurse working at Northern Crescent Endoscopy in Sandy Springs has been arrested and charged with two counts of sexual battery and two counts of custodial sexual assault.

Michael Morgan, 33 of Adairsville, turned himself in at the Fulton County jail Friday, May 12, after arrest warrants were issued for him a week earlier. Jail records show he is still being held there without bond.

Police said at least two women were groped by Morgan when they were under anesthesia.

According to a police report, two pastors told Sandy Springs police they were given information that Morgan had sexually assaulted several women while they were under anesthesia. The pastors told police Morgan had looked at these women inappropriately, lifted their bras and touched their breasts. The report notes that both pastors were being careful in explaining how they came about the information.

The pastors were then taken to Sandy Springs’ criminal investigation unit and spoke with a detective, police said. After investigating, Sandy Springs police issued a warrant for Morgan’s arrest.

"We believe a pastor had talked to Mr. Morgan about this and then came and reported the crime to us," Sandy Springs Sgt. Sam Worsham told Channel 2 Action News. "... And that's what's concerning about this case. You're under anesthesia and you do have a lot of trust in the facility that you're in."

The alleged assaults took place between February and April of this year, police said.

Scott Bailey, a lawyer representing Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates, confirmed that Morgan is no longer employed by AGA or Northern Crescent Endoscopy.

“They were shocked and surprised at the allegations,” Bailey said on behalf of AGA officials. “Patient safety is of the utmost priority to them.”

Bailey added that AGA does “pretty extensive” background checks on prospective employees before hiring them. He also said that AGA will work with police and give them “whatever they need.”

Anyone with additional information regarding this case is asked to contact Detective William Johnson at 770-551-3314.

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In a yearlong national investigation, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution examined cases of widespread physician sexual abuse in every state:

In 50 states, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution found patient sexual abuse by those they trust most – their own doctors. The AJC examined up to 15 years of records from agencies in every state responsible for disciplining doctors. (Video by Ryon Horne)