Archive for Friday, August 11, 2006

Former CLO employee pleads guilty to abuse

August 11, 2006


A former Lawrence group-home worker pleaded guilty Thursday to abusing a mentally disabled client.

Eric S. Wyatt, 35, of Lawrence, pleaded guilty to three counts of mistreatment of a dependent adult, just days before he was scheduled to begin trial in Douglas County District Court. He had been charged with five counts of mistreating the 57-year-old man last year at Ponderosa House, 1205 E. 26th St., a group home operated by Community Living Opportunities.

Wyatt is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 6.

In a written statement to investigators, Wyatt confessed to having grabbed the victim "in an aggressive manner and pinched his cheeks shut."

He also wrote that he beat the victim with the heel of his shoe.

"I have no excuse for my actions other than poor judgment while being impaired by emotion and extreme frustration," he wrote.

Wyatt was fired in July 2005 after an internal investigation.


Gatorman 11 years, 10 months ago

Eric, you pleaded guilty! At least you took some responsibility for your actions. I hope for your sake, as you sit in your jail cell, no one treats you cruelly as you treated my friend. Although you do deserve it. I am so happy to know that no person will be left in your care ever again. Get help Eric... and don't drop the soap!

buddaman 11 years, 10 months ago

CLO is infested with abuse whether it be phyisical, emotional or (my favorite)neglect. The Admin. ding-dongs should be held just as responible for neglecting their people that do the renentless job of caring for and looking after of the mentally challenged. I have NEVER seen a more disorganized group of ridiculously incompantant idiots put in charge of such an important task. I pray everyday that Mike, Jamie and a couple of state people get canned from their jobs and face state charges.

stophammertime 11 years, 10 months ago

Agree. Agree. Agree. Don't forget Donna. Afterall, she was Eric's biggest fan and kept him around at Ponderosa after being suspended several times for abuse investigations.

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