Two former group home workers were found guilty of charges stemming from a “fight club” they organized among their disabled residents.
Erin McHenry was convicted of two felony counts of endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person, and Stephen Komara was convicted of two lesser misdemeanors after cellphone video emerged showing two men in their 50s, whose mental capacities were equal to toddlers, fighting in 2013, Newsday reported.
To the “raucous laughter” of workers at the Independent Group Home Living Program in Speonk, Long Island, one disabled man pushed a wheelchair-bound resident to the ground as McHenry encouraged the man to attack the fallen resident, according to Newsday.
The residents weren’t injured in the fight, the New York Post reported in a related article, adding that McHenry and Komara are slated to be sentenced on Feb. 22.
McHenry’s attorney, Tor Jacobs Worsoe Jr., plans to appeal the verdict, saying that none of his client’s actions rose to the level of felony behavior, Newsday added.