ABC36 WTVQ reported last week that a former caregiver at a Clark County group home had been charged with abuse and neglect. According the new report, the 21-year old man has been charged with the following crimes:
- Knowingly abusing or neglecting an adult (Class C felony)
- Unlawful imprisonment in the first degree (Class D felony)
- Terroristic threatening in the third degree (Class A misdemeanor)
If convicted, the man could face up to 15 years in prison.
Allegedly, Billy Gross Spicer, abused or neglected residents of the group home for adults with developmental or intellectual disabilities. Details of the incident include duct taping a resident in his room and failing to remove duct tape from a resident’s door. This action prevented Spicer from providing the required level of care, according to Attorney General Andy Beshear’s office.
According to a statement by Attorney General Beshear, “Abuse of any kind is unacceptable. One of the core missions of my office is to protect Kentucky’s most vulnerable citizens from abuse and exploitation – and to prosecute offenders to the fullest extent of the law.” Individuals are encouraged to report abuse and neglect by calling the Attorney General’s tip line at 1-877-ABUSE TIP (1-877-228-7384) or by contacting Adult Protective Services at 1-800-752-6200. Nursing home abuse complaints should be reported to the Office of the Inspector General by calling 502-564-7963.
Can I File a Lawsuit for Elder or Nursing Home Abuse?
The above charges filed by the Attorney General are criminal charges. If a person is convicted of criminal neglect or abuse charges, the person faces imprisonment, fines, and other penalties. However, a civil court can punish abuse and neglect too.
When a person commits neglect or abuse, the victim may have an action under Kentucky’s personal injury laws. If successful in a nursing home lawsuit, the person and his or her family may be entitled to receive compensation for injuries, damages, and losses. A civil lawsuit for elder neglect or nursing home abuse is separate from the criminal charge. Therefore, a person may be found innocent of the criminal charges for various reasons and still be found guilty in the civil action.
Call a Lexington Nursing Home Abuse Attorney
It is important that a victim of neglect or abuse understand his or her legal rights. The victim and the family may not understand that a civil lawsuit may result in compensation for the victim. Therefore, we strongly urge family members to contact our Lexington nursing home abuse attorneys for advice as soon as possible after neglect or abuse is suspected. Our attorneys have extensive experienced investigating and pursuing abuse and neglect allegations.
Contact the Shelton Law Group by calling 1-888-761-7204 or by using our online contact form. Because Kentucky law limits your time to file a civil lawsuit for abuse or neglect, it is important to act as soon as you suspect abuse or neglect has occurred. Our Lexington elder abuse attorneys want to help you hold the person or persons responsible for the abuse accountable.
“Caregiver Arrested for Alleged Abuse and Neglect,” by Kelsi Thorud, January 6, 2017