Man pleads guilty to abusing disabled person
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.