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Sat Aug 31, 2019, 12:24 AM

North Texas mental health hospital pleads guilty to illegally detaining woman, agrees to $200K fine

An Arlington mental health hospital facing 26 criminal charges in Tarrant County avoided going to trial after pleading guilty Friday to a misdemeanor charge and agreeing to pay a $200,000 fine.

In exchange, Tarrant County agreed to waive the 25 other charges and not prosecute any of Sundance Hospital's individual owners.

"This is a groundbreaking conviction," Tarrant County District Attorney Sharen Wilson said. "Not just because a corporation has been found guilty of a criminal offense, but for the severity of their conduct holding people at a mental health facility against their will for financial gain."

The hospital pleaded guilty to the indictment's seventh count, which alleged that a female patient was illegally detained for more than two weeks after two probate judges ordered her release.

Read more: https://www.dallasnews.com/news/2019/08/30/north-texas-mental-health-hospital-pleads-guilty-to-illegally-detaining-woman-agrees-to-200k-fine/

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Sat Aug 31, 2019, 03:05 AM

1. pleaded to a misdemeanor and 200 thousand

26 charges, pleads down to 1 misdemeanor. Glad to hear that Tarrant County is really going after these people!

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