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Battery charges against ex-hospital security guard dropped

Lawyer says Anthony Holley ready to 'put pieces back together'

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A former Memorial Hospital security guard, arrested in 2015 on charges that he assaulted female employees, is ready to get his life back on track after all the charges against him were dropped Monday, his lawyer told News4Jax.

Anthony Holley was arrested in January 2015 on charges of misdemeanor battery after five female employees at the hospital filed complaints against him, saying he groped them.

One of the charges was dropped by April 2015 and Holley initially pleaded not guilty to the other charges before they too were dropped.

“It's been a long time coming,” Holley's attorney Reid Hart said. “We do recognize that the new State Attorney's Office and the new regime were willing to take another look at this case more objectively. We definitely appreciate that they were willing to do the right thing after all this time.”

Holley, who was a contracted private security guard at the hospital, will now work to get his security license back, although he will not be trying to return to Memorial Hospital, Hart said.

“Now Mr. Holley can start to move (forward) and put the pieces of his life back together. Obviously, his reputation (was damaged, and) he lost his job,” Hart said. “We're going to work on that process of rebuilding and go from there.”