Former Caregiver Pleads
Guilty to Abuse of a Vulnerable Adult
MD ( October 8, 2009) - Attorney General Douglas
F. Gansler announced today that Colin Lee Gambill, 25, of Frederick
pleaded guilty in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County to
two counts of abuse of a vulnerable adult. Judge Ronald B.
Rubin ordered a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled disposition
in the case for December 10, 2009.
Gambill, a caregiver
at a group home administered by the ARC of Carroll County, engaged
in a series of physical abuses to two residents
at the home for the developmentally disabled. On June 22, 2008,
another caregiver at the group home used her cell phone to videotape
Gambill repeatedly hitting one of the residents. When The ARC of
Carroll County interviewed other caregivers about Gambill’s
actions, they admitted witnessing numerous assaults that Gambill
had perpetrated on the two residents beginning in November 2007
and continuing through June 2008. Gambill withheld food, gave the
residents cold showers, and physically abused them for failing
to comply with his wishes. He purposefully inflicted pain on them
in order to generate a need for pain medications which would cause
the residents to fall asleep, thereby requiring less work for Gambill.
This case was transferred
from Carroll County to Montgomery County because one of the victims
is related to a court officer in Carroll
County. Abuse of a Vulnerable Adult is a misdemeanor, punishable
by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. This case was
prosecuted by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Maryland Attorney
General’s Office who has authority to investigate and prosecute
abuse and neglect of vulnerable adults in facilities that receive
Medicaid funds and in assisted living facilities throughout the
State of Maryland. In making today’s announcement, Attorney
General Gansler thanked Assistant Attorney General Catherine S.
Pascale and investigator Dean Brewer for their work on the case.