February 6, 2004
JOBS COACH FOR DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED SENTENCED FOR NEGLECT
OF A VULNERABLE ADULT
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that Glenn Dennis,
a former jobs coach at The
Chimes Supported Employment Program in Baltimore County, pleaded
guilty to one count of neglect of a vulnerable adult for leaving
six developmentally disabled adults unattended while he shopped
at a Wal-Mart.
Vicki Ballou-Watts of the Circuit Court for Baltimore County
sentenced Dennis to two years’ supervised probation and
ordered the Defendant to refrain from providing care to vulnerable
for two years.
51, of the 5200 block of Cordelia Avenue in Baltimore City, was
a paid caregiver for six developmentally disabled men
who participated in a job program in which they are supervised
while performing tasks in the community. On December 16, 2002
and while he was employed by The Chimes, Inc., Dennis had in
the six adults. After the adults completed their first job
of the day in Catonsville, Dennis did not drive them to their
site but instead drove to a Wal-Mart at 6205 Baltimore National
Pike in Baltimore County. He parked the van and left the adults
in it while he went into the store to purchase Christmas lights
for himself. The temperature was about 45 degrees, and due
to pre-holiday crowds Dennis had parked in the second of two
was the furthest from the store and the closest to Route 40.
Although Dennis could have taken the six adults with him, he
chose not to do so because, he said, they would have slowed
Dennis was in the store between 20 and 25 minutes. While
he was still in the store, two of the vulnerable adults
crossed both parking lots and entered the store to use the
restroom. The van and its occupants could not be seen from
inside the Wal-Mart.
was aware that three of the vulnerable adults in his care required
constant 24-hour line of sight supervision
by a caretaker.
Dennis was also aware that one of the men, who has diabetes,
has a history of drug abuse and is an alcoholic, was known
to run away.
Dennis knew that this particular man could never be left
unsupervised, because he might run away, enter liquor stores
to steal liquor.
case was prosecuted by Attorney General Curran’s Medicaid
Fraud Control Unit, which has jurisdiction to investigate and prosecute
abuse or neglect of vulnerable adults in facilities that receive