Caregiver Convicted of Assaulting 'Vulnerable Adult' in Perry Hall

The Baltimore man, an employee of Chimes, Inc. in Middle River, faces three years of probation.

A Baltimore man was convicted in Baltimore County Circuit Court of at in Perry Hall, Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced Thursday.

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, 48, a former employee of Chimes, Inc., was convicted of second-degree assault and received a three-year suspended sentence. He faces three years of supervised probation, has been ordered to complete 100 hours of community service and is prohibited from working with vulnerable adults, the release stated.

, who worked for Chimes, a private company in Middle River that offers disability services, was assisting a 26-year-old "vulnerable adult" at the park on Aug. 20, 2010, when a fellow employee witnessed Luyanda assault his client, according to the attorney general's office.

"[Luyanda] admitted in court that he had punched the victim in the stomach when the young man had become agitated due to the heat. The victim is unable to verbally communicate to others and was visibly upset immediately before being punched," the release stated.

A vulnerable adult is "any person age 18 or over who lacks the physical or mental capacity to provide for [his or her] daily needs," according to the Baltimore County government website.

“Violence against a vulnerable special needs child or adult who’s been placed in the care of others will not be tolerated in Maryland,” Gansler stated in the release. “It’s reassuring to know that another caregiver did the right thing and stepped forward to report this appalling assault.”

Do you agree with the penalty of probation and community service? Tell us in the comments.

Tim January 12, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Hank January 12, 2012 at 06:09 PM
"Vulnerable Adult" - enough with the political correctness.
Emily Kimball (Editor) January 12, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Hank, the term "vulnerable adult" was used in this article as a broad legal term and victim category that played a major role in determining the case's outcome. We defined the term to clarify its meaning.
Bill Howard January 13, 2012 at 12:20 AM
@ Hank Vulnerable Adult is not a PC term. It applies to persons over 18 w/disabilities that make them unable to fend for themselves. Many seniors are vulnerable adults. There are many disabled people who are quite independent w/accommodations etc. They are not under this category. Let us pray for the Lord's protection toward all these people who are helpless under these circumstances. Amen to the brave person who reported this. Amen to all the good people who care for those in need with patience, dignity, and love.
Tim January 13, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Indeed. God bless these people who honestly do their best to care for these people. It's not easy. I was once completely incapacitated for two weeks. It was NOT an enjoyable feeling.
Immanuel Baptist Church January 13, 2012 at 02:24 PM
I don't think the punishment is enough. Anyone who could do that has serious issues. He needs some jail time and some anger management counseling. I wouldn't want him around children either.
GWB January 13, 2012 at 02:39 PM
I've worked with this population for 17 years - what would you have preferred they refer to the individual as? That is the appropriate - and politically correct - terminology.
Rose January 13, 2012 at 06:16 PM
I find this crime to be much more serious than, for example, a hungry person stealing a loaf of bread. So, I feel the punishment wasn't enough. Again, our value system is all screwed up.
Frank January 13, 2012 at 11:09 PM
Wow. How lucky for the community that receives 100 free service hours from this monster.
Jason Danaher January 14, 2012 at 11:25 PM
can this person work on the side of the road picking up trash in the heat and then get punched in the stomach.
Bill Howard January 15, 2012 at 08:46 AM
Revenge will only made him angry enough to hurt another. Anger management, time in a cell on post jail time monitoring should be in order. (THEN, a finanacial reparation from his future wages for his victim as well.)


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