January 19, 2007
Christine Hansen, 410-576-6956
COUNTY MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO NEGLECT OF A VULNERABLE ADULT
Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today
that Isaac Roberts, 54, of the 8500 block of Goshen View Drive
in Gaithersburg, pled guilty in the District Court for Montgomery
County to one count of second degree neglect of a vulnerable adult.
Judge Gary L. Crawford imposed a sentence of probation before judgment,
imposed a $500 fine, and placed Roberts on 36 months of probation
with the special condition that he refrain from working or participating
in the hands-on care field of vulnerable adults.
Roberts had been an employee at an adult group home located on
the 14000 block of Blazer Lane in Silver Spring and run by CHI
Centers, Inc., which serves individuals with developmental disabilities.
On February 13, 2006, Roberts was working the 5:00 p.m. to 10:00
p.m. shift at the facility, and was responsible for the care and
supervision of four severely impaired residents who were not be
left unattended under any circumstances. Each of the four residents
suffer from profound mental retardation, and three are non-ambulatory.
investigation revealed that on the night of February 13, 2006,
when the relief person called the house to notify
Roberts he was running late, nobody answered the phone. The relief
person then contacted his supervisor, who arrived at the house
at approximately 11:00 p.m. to find the residents unsupervised.
In an interview with a state investigator, Roberts acknowledged
that he had left the home at approximately 10:00 p.m. because he
was angry that the relief person was late. He also indicated that
he was aware that leaving the residents unattended was contrary
to his training and legal obligations.
was investigated by the Attorney General’s Medicaid
Fraud Control Unit, which has authority to prosecute abuse or neglect
of vulnerable persons in facilities that receive Medicaid funds.