A physical therapist caught on videotape molesting a female patient inside her home near Port Deposit received a six-month jail term last week.
Jeffrey Maupin, 50, of the 100 block of Bay Club Parkway near North East, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault on Friday as part of a plea deal that allowed him to avoid registering as a convicted sex offender.
Cecil County Circuit Court Administrative Judge V. Michael Whelan imposed a seven-year sentence on Maupin and then suspended all but six months of it.
Whelan ordered Maupin to serve three years of supervised probation after completing his six-month term in the Cecil County Detention Center.
Whelan allowed Maupin to remain free on $50,000 bond until June 3, when he must report to the county jail.
Whelan's sentence followed the conditions of a binding plea agreement reached by Assistant State's Attorney Kevin B. Urick and Maupin's lawyer, William F. Riddle.
Maupin had rejected an earlier plea offer that would have allowed him to avoid incarceration but would have required him to register as a convicted sex offender, Urick said.
Under that proposed plea bargain, Maupin would have pleaded guilty to third-degree sex offense and would have received a suspended sentence, Urick added.
"He choose jail time over registering as a sex offender," Urick said.
As part of Friday's plea deal, prosecutors dropped 11 related charges, including multiple counts of third-degree sex offense and physical abuse of a vulnerable adult.
Maupin's physical therapist license has been yanked as a result of this criminal case, according to Urick, who didn't know the exact date of that administrative action against Maupin.
Maupin stood accused of fondling a 56-year-old woman multiple times during four, in-home therapy sessions between Oct. 13 and Oct. 20, according to police.
He was at the woman's home as an employee of Amedisys, a home health services company at 107 Chesapeake Blvd., in the Upper Chesapeake Corporate Center near Elkton, police said.
Investigators described the victim as a "bedridden" patient with arthritis, a degenerative disorder and other health issues, police said. They also noted that she required "constant assistance" and was considered to be a "vulnerable adult," police added.
Police and prosecutors provided the following account:
After incidents on Oct. 13 and Oct. 14, the woman told her adult daughter that she had been sexually assaulted immediately before the next physical therapy session with Maupin on Oct. 18.
The woman's daughter used a strategically placed digital video camera to secretly record the physical therapy sessions, which took place in her mother's bedroom on Oct. 18 and Oct. 20.
When detectives reviewed those recordings, they saw Maupin touch the woman's breasts over and under her shirt. Maupin also placed the woman's hand on his groin, outside his pants.
Police arrested Maupin on Nov. 19, when he surrendered at the Cecil County Sheriff's Office after learning of the charges against him.