May 27, 2003
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
CHARGES FORMER CHIMES EMPLOYEE
WITH RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that a former job
coach at a facility for developmentally disabled individuals, Glenn
Dennis, has been charged with neglect of a vulnerable adult and
reckless endangerment in connection with a December 16, 2002 incident
in which he left three developmentally disabled adults alone and
51, of the 1200 block of Brigadoon Trail, Baltimore, was employed
by The Chimes, Inc., which operates a number of programs throughout
Maryland. He was charged by Criminal Information with three counts
of criminal neglect and three counts of reckless endangerment.
neglect and abuse of vulnerable adults by a care giver is a misdemeanor
punishable by a maximum sentence of five years in jail and/or a
$10,000 fine. Reckless endangerment is a misdemeanor punishable
by not more than five years in jail and/or a $5,000 fine. A criminal
information is an accusation and all persons are presumed innocent
unless proven guilty.
case was prosecuted by the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control
Unit, which has authority to prosecute abuse or neglect of vulnerable
adults in Medicaid-funded facilities.