Tallahassee Mental Patient Accused of Sexual Battery on Another Patient

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A Tallahassee mental patient is behind bars accused of sexual battery on another patient.

Investigators say the man already had a warrant out for his arrest in another Florida county.

Tallahassee police say nurses at the Apalachee Human Services Center called to report that a female patient woke up to find another patient sexually battering her Wednesday night.

The accused is Syntyron Richardson. Police say he is wanted out of Jackson County for sexual battery on a victim under 12.

OFC David McCranie with the Tallahassee Police Department says, "It's up to the criminal justice system to decide where he is to be placed next, whether it will be back in a psychiatric facility or it he's to remain in custody of the jail."

Richardson is a registered sex offender. Officials at the center say background checks are not usually performed when a patient in need of care walks in. They say the nurses properly followed protocol.