AG Gansler: Baltimore County Caregiver Sentenced on Conviction for Abuse
Residential counselor was found guilty of assault on a vulnerable adult
Baltimore, MD ( June 19, 2013) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that Solomon Oscar Ankrah, 32, of Baltimore, was sentenced following his conviction on one count of assault in the second degree and one count of abuse of a vulnerable adult in the second degree. Following his conviction on May 22, Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge Jan Marshall Alexander sentenced Ankrah to one year in the Baltimore County Detention Center, suspending all but 60 days on each count. The sentences will run concurrently. Ankrah also received 18 months of supervised probation, during which he is prohibited from working in any capacity that requires the supervision of vulnerable adults.
"Vulnerable Marylanders who need ongoing special care have a right to be treated with dignity and respect," said Attorney General Gansler. "Adults and children who require this type of care - and their family members - deserve to know that our office works closely with local law enforcement to protect them from abuse."
Evidence presented at trial showed the 28-year-old male victim was a resident of a group home on Greenspring Valley Road in Owings Mills that was operated by Living Sans Frontieres, Inc., an agency that offers residential services for disabled adults. On October 22, 2012, the victim was physically assaulted by the defendant, who at the time was working as a residential counselor. The victim is a vulnerable adult, defined by Maryland law as one who lacks the physical or mental capacity to provide for his daily needs.
The victim testified that Ankrah angrily demanded that the victim clean his room. At the time, Ankrah was so physically close to him that the victim motioned for the caregiver to back off. The victim testified that Ankrah then attacked him. The victim suffered a fracture of the orbital area below the eye that required surgery. The victim also had cuts and abrasions, including one cut above his left eye caused when Ankrah hit the victim in the eye with a cable cord. That cut required seven stitches to close. Ankrah, a citizen of Ghana, had been working for the agency under a false name, Ali Aminu, and testified that he did so because his visa was no longer valid.
In making the announcement, Attorney General Gansler thanked Assistant Attorney General Stephen Roscher, Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigator Dean Brewer and the Baltimore County Police Department for their work on the case.