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June 15, 2013

Sunmount employee pleads guilty

TUPPER LAKE — A Sunmount Office for People with Developmental Disabilities employee accused of abuse has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge.

The charge against Derick R. Mandigo, 46, of Tupper Lake was reduced to endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor, and he resigned from his position as a direct-support assistant at Sunmount, said Tupper Lake Town Justice Leonard Young III.

He paid a $100 fine and $205 in surcharges, according to the Tupper Lake Town Court.

Mandigo was originally charged in April with endangering the welfare of an incompetent person, a felony.

Images of the August 2009 incident were captured on a cellphone, and Mandigo admitted that he verbally abused a resident and struck the person in the face, the State Inspector General’s Office said.

Mandigo and John P. Boyer, who has the same job title and is also accused of abusing a Sunmount resident, were placed on administrative leave as soon as facility officials were made aware of their alleged misconduct, the Inspector General’s Office said.

Sunmount employees with that title provide personal care, treatment and rehabilitation services to residents of an individual-resident-alternative facility.

NOT GUILTY PLEA

On Wednesday, Boyer, 51, of Tupper Lake pleaded not guilty to endangering the welfare of an incompetent person, according to Tupper Lake Town Court.

Boyer had earlier told authorities that, between 2008 and 2009, he verbally abused a resident at a Sunmount individual-residence-alternative facility, the Inspector General’s Office said.

Arraigned on the night of June 5, he will reappear in court on July 10 with his attorney, the court said.

Email Felicia Krieg:fkrieg@pressrepublican.com

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