BALTIMORE (WUSA9) -- A former employee of an agency that provides services to individuals with disabilities was convicted for striking a man in his care at the doctor's office.
According to Attorney General Doug Gansler, 54-year-old Ronald G. Barnes was convicted of second-degree assault after a trial in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County.
Barnes was employed as a driver/medical runner for L.I.F.E., Inc., which provides residential, employment and day services to individuals with disabilities, on Dec. 6, 2012.
According to Gansler, medical staff reported that Barnes spoke harshly to the 63-year-old man he had taken to treatment at an Owings Mills medical office before they saw Barnes strike the victim on the arms and head. There were no visible injuries but employees were disturbed enough by the incident to file a formal complaint to L.I.F.E., Inc.
The Baltimore County Police Department and the Office of the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit then investigated the incident and charges were brought against Barnes.
Gansler says Assault in the Second Degree carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $2,500 fine.
Barnes has a sentencing hearing set for March 12 in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County.