October 5, 2013

Sunmount aide accused of abuse

TUPPER LAKE — A aide at Sunmount Developmental Center is facing felony charges after he allegedly abused a resident at the facility.

Timothy MacCrimmon, 46, of Tupper Lake, was charged Sept. 25 with first-degree endangering the welfare of a incompetent person, a felony.

A nurse at the state-run facility reported MacCrimmon shoved a resident’s head into a wall while walking him down a hallway and called him racial epithet, according to a news release from New York State Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs.

The resident, who is semi-ambulatory and legally blind, suffered bruising and swelling to his head, according to the release.

The nurse reported the alleged abuse to the Justice Center’s Vulnerable Persons Central Register Hotline, spawning a State Police investigation, the release said.

The Justice Center conducted a separate investigation to determine if MacCrimmon can continue working with people who have special needs, the release said.

“It is through the due diligence of Justice Center employees and State Police investigators that someone entrusted in caring for some of the most vulnerable among us is now being held accountable for breaking that trust in one of the worst ways imaginable,” State Police Superintendent Joseph A. D’Amico said in the release.

MacCrimmon was released on his own recognizance after his arraignment in Tupper Lake Town Court.

He has been placed on administrative leave.

The Franklin County District Attorney’s Office will act as the prosecuting agency.

The Justice Center’s hotline and reporting system began operation in June 2013.

The agency maintains a statewide registry of anyone found to be responsible for serious or repeated acts of abuse and neglect, the release said.

Once placed on the registry, the person is prohibited by law from working again with people with disabilities or special needs.

The hotline, staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, can be reached at (855) 373-2122.

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