Baltimore Co Caregiver Convicted of Assaulting 63-Year-Old Vulnerable Adult
Updated: Tuesday, February 25 2014, 06:08 PM EST
A caregiver at Baltimore County care agency for individuals with disabilities has been convicted of assaulting a 63-year-old vulnerable adult.
Ronald G. Barnes, 54, of Lochearn was convicted of Assault in the Second Degree following a two-day jury trial in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County. Barnes was employed as a driver/medical runner for L.I.F.E., Inc., a not-for-profit agency that provides residential, employment and day services to individuals with disabilities.
According to the conviction, on December 6, 2012 Barnes transported a 63-year-old vulnerable adult to receive treatment at an Owings Mills medical office. While there several members of the office staff observed Barnes speaking harshly to the disabled victim, handling him in a physically rough manner and at times striking the victim on the arms and on the head
"Abusing any other person is an intolerable act, made that much more heinous when the victim is vulnerable and unable to defend himself as in this case," Attorney General Doug Gansler said. "We should all be thankful that eyewitnesses reported this assault and enabled justice to be served."
Assault in the Second Degree carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $2,500 fine. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for March 12.