Carroll County Caregiver Sentenced for Abuse of
MD ( December 15, 2009) - Attorney General Douglas
F. Gansler announced today that Colin Lee Gambill, 25, of Frederick
was sentenced in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County for
abusing two developmentally disabled men who were in his care.
Judge Ronald B. Rubin sentenced Gambill to 18 months incarceration
and three years supervised probation.
Gambill, a caregiver
at a group home administered by the ARC of Carroll County, pleaded
guilty on October 6, 2009 to two counts
of abuse of a vulnerable adult for engaging in a series of physical
abuses on two male residents at the home for the developmentally
disabled in Westminster. 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 regarding 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, causing the residents to fall asleep and
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. This case was prosecuted by the Medicaid Fraud Control
Unit of the 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 Schuster Pascale and Investigator Dean Brewer
for their work on the case.