Man pleads guilty to abus­ing dis­abled per­son

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE -

John Walker, 29, of Kingston, ad­mit­ted that he com­mit­ted the mis­de­meanor in a res­i­den­tial fa­cil­ity.

SAUGERTIES >> A Kingston man has pleaded guilty to strik­ing a dis­abled per­son in the face in a re­stroom at a res­i­den­tial fa­cil­ity, the New York State Jus­tice Cen­ter for the Pro­tec­tion of Peo­ple with Spe­cial Needs said Mon­day.

John Walker, 29, a for­mer res­i­den­tial spe­cial­ist for The Arc Ul­ster Ul­sterGreene, pleaded guilty in Saugerties Town Court to charges he abused a per­son with dis­abil­i­ties in his care, a mis­de­meanor, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease from the cen­ter. The re­lease did not in­di­cate at which Arc fa­cil­ity Walker worked at the time of the in­ci­dent.

The charges stemmed from an in­ci­dent in June when Walker yelled at and struck the vic­tim in the face, ac­cord­ing to the press re­lease. Walker was sus­pended from his job at the time of his ar­rest in Au­gust, the cen­ter said.

The in­ci­dent was in­ves­ti­gated by Saugerties po­lice with as­sis­tance from the jus­tice cen­ter and was pros­e­cuted by jus­tice cen­ter As­sis­tant Spe­cial Prose­cu­tor Dean­ndra Ma­comber.

Ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion was not im­me­di­ately avail­able.

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