Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Stumbo Announces Former Oakwood Aide Enters Felony Plea in Patient Abuse Case
Attorney General Greg Stumbo announced today that a former caretaker at the Oakwood Intermediate Care Facility for the Mentally Retarded in Pulaski County has entered a felony guilty plea to charges of Wantonly Abusing An Adult.
Julie Stevens, 49, pleaded guilty to the June 28, 2003 abuse of a 52-year-old mentally retarded female resident. According to the guilty plea, Stevens dragged the woman across the floor, struck her in the head with her shoe and then pushed the victim’s head into a wall.
Under the terms of the guilty plea Stevens faces two years in prison for the offense. Furthermore, Stevens will not be allowed to seek or accept employment in any position that requires the care of vulnerable adults or children. Pulaski Circuit Judge David Tapp will formally sentence Stevens on August 22, 2006.
"Justice has been served by the defendant’s admission of guilt,” said Stumbo. “My office is committed to making Oakwood a safe place for the vulnerable adults served there.”
This case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorneys General Mary P. Cartwright and Lettricea Jefferson-Webb with the Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control Division and was investigated by Kentucky Bureau of Investigation Agents Michael Fortney and Greg Shay.
Suspected Medicaid fraud or patient abuse can be reported by calling the Attorney General’s tip line at 1-877-ABUSE TIP (1-877-228-7384).
Julie Stevens, 49