BALTIMORE, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Baltimore Man was sentenced on Wednesday after physically assaulting a vulnerable adult in a group home.
Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler sentenced Solomon Oscar Ankrah, 32, of Baltimore, following his conviction on one count of assault in the second degree and one count of abuse of a vulnerable adult in the second degree.
Ankrah's conviction on May 22nd is followed by a one year sentence in the Baltimore County Detention Center, according to Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge Jan Marshall Alexander. The sentences given will run simultaneously. Ankrah was also given 18 months of supervised probation, in which he is banned from any capacity that requires monitoring defenseless adults.
Trial evidence showed the 28-year-old victim was a resident of a Living Sans Frontieres, Inc. operated group home on Greenspring Valley Road in Owings Mills. The group home corporation offers residential services for impaired adults.
On October 22, 2012, Ankrah was working as a residential counselor, when he physically attacked the victim. The victim is vulnerable adult, defined by Maryland law as one who lacks the physical or mental capacity to provide for his daily needs.
The victim testified that after Ankrah furiously demanded that he clean his room, he attacked him. The victim was left with an orbital area fracture below the eye that he required surgery. Along with the fracture, the victim had cuts and abrasions, including a cut below his left eye that required seven stitches to close from a cable cord Ankrah struck the him with.
Ankrah, a Ghana citizen, had been working for the agency under, Ali Aminu, a false name he claimed to have used because his visa was no longer valid.