Office of the Attorney General
AG Conway Announces Arrest of Former Caregiver on Sex Abuse Charges

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, February 03, 2015  
Contact Information:  Daniel Kemp
Deputy Communications Director
502-696-5659 (office)
 


FRANKFORT, Ky. – Attorney General Jack Conway and his Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control Unit today announced the arrest of a former caregiver accused of engaging in sexual conduct with two intellectually disabled adults under the care of a group service provider where he worked.  Damon J. Heath, 23, of Frankfort, Ky., was arrested this afternoon at his home.  Heath is charged with five counts of third-degree sodomy, four counts of first-degree sexual abuse, and two counts of knowing abuse of a vulnerable adult.

Heath is a former caregiver at Community Choices Unlimited, which manages a group of Frankfort-area facilities that cares for intellectually disabled adults.  Heath admitted to investigators with General Conway’s Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control Unit to engaging in sexual conduct with the two victims on multiple occasions at various locations in Franklin County from April 2013 until January 2015.

“My investigators moved swiftly to investigate these abuse allegations immediately after receiving the complaint,” Attorney General Conway said.  “As always, I encourage anyone who suspects patient neglect or abuse in a nursing home, Medicaid facility, or personal care home to report it to my office using our tip line at 1-877-ABUSE-TIP.”

Heath was lodged in the Franklin County Regional Jail.  Knowing abuse of a vulnerable adult is a class C felony.  First-degree sexual abuse and third-degree sodomy are class D felonies.

Heath is scheduled to be arraigned in Franklin District Court on Feb. 4 at 9 a.m.

The investigation of this case by Attorney General Conway's Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control Unit is ongoing.  Franklin County Attorney Rick Sparks is handling the prosecution of this matter.

A charge is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control Unit
Since Attorney General Conway took office in January 2008, his Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control has recovered or been awarded more than $280 million for the state and federal Medicaid programs. These cases range from lawsuits and settlements against pharmaceutical companies to cases against individual providers.

In 2013, General Conway’s Medicaid Fraud Unit was named one of the most aggressive in the country by the nonprofit watchdog group Public Citizen.

The Attorney General’s tip line for reporting allegations of Medicaid fraud or suspected patient abuse and neglect is 1-877-228-7384.

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