Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Stumbo Announces Arrest of Four Oakwood Employees for Abuse
Attorney General Greg Stumbo announced today the arrest of four individuals in connection with the May 9, 2006 assault of an individual residing at The Communities at Oakwood in Somerset, Kentucky.
The victim, an adult resident of the facility, was assaulted by the four Direct Support Professionals during a group fishing trip to a remote section of Wayne County Kentucky. The assault occurred as the group was preparing to return to the facility. The victim, who did not want to return to the facility, sustained multiple cuts and bruises in addition to a fractured nose. The injuries were reported upon return to the facility as “Self Injurious Behavior.”
Agent William Stewart of the Kentucky Bureau of Investigation (KBI) initiated his investigation immediately upon receipt of the complaint on June 9, 2006. As a result of his efforts, the following individuals were arrested late Monday, June 19th and have been charged in connection with this offense.
|William Jared Crabtree
All were arrested on warrants issued by the Wayne County District Court charging them with one count each of Knowing Abuse of an Adult, a Class C Felony punishable by 5-10 years in jail. Upon being taken into custody, the four were transported to the Wayne County Detention Center. At the time of this release, defendants Elliot, Gregory and Kemper remain in custody. Crabtree was released from the facility upon the posting of his bond. Three of the defendants are scheduled to be arraigned in Wayne County District Court on July 11, 2006 at 9:00 a.m. An arraignment date for Kemper, the fourth defendant, has not been set.
The Attorney General’s investigation of allegations pertaining to the abuse and/or neglect of residents at the Oakwood facility is being conducted by the Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control Division. The prosecution of the individuals arrested yesterday will be a cooperative effort between Wayne County Attorney L. Lee Tobbe and the Office of Attorney General. An investigation by KBI agents and the Kentucky State Police has also resulted in seven indictments returned against Oakwood employees by the Pulaski County Grand Jury.
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).