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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.

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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