3:47pm

Wed September 14, 2011
Science/Health

Nursing Home Worker Arrested

Frankfort - Attorney General Jack Conway announced Wednesday the indictment and arrest of a former employee of Community Alternatives of Kentucky-Somerset in connection with the alleged abuse of a mentally disabled male resident. 

Officers with the Burnside Police Department arrested 33-year-old James S. Smith Tuesday on a charge of knowing abuse of an adult, a Class C felony that carries a penalty of between five to 10 years imprisonment. The charges against Smith stem from an investigation by Conway's Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control.

A Pulaski County grand jury indicted Smith earlier this month for allegedly abusing a 29-year-old mentally challenged male resident in March when he improperly restrained and kicked the resident. Smith was lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center. His bail was set at $20,000 cash or property.

The prosecution of this case is being handled by the office of Pulaski County Commonwealth's Attorney Eddie Montgomery, according to a press release from the attorney general.

Community Alternatives of Kentucky, Inc. is a for-profit company with several locations in the state. The company provides residential services and support to mentally disabled individuals.