Gilbertsville man enters Alford plea on abuse charge

A former caregiver at a Marshall County long-term residential care facility has entered an Alford plea on a charge of recklessly abusing a vulnerable adult, the Kentucky attorney general’s office announced Thursday. 

The Gilbertsville man, 61-year-old David McClure, was sentenced in Marshall District Court to six months in jail, but the sentence was suspended for a period of two years. The attorney general’s office said McClure agreed to have no contact with the victim as a condition of his suspended sentence. 

McClure also can’t work or volunteer in a Medicaid facility as a condition of the suspended sentence, or in any position where he would be in contact with children or adults with physical or legal disabilities.

He was a caregiver for a 28-year-old developmentally disabled man living in a Community Alternatives Facility in Benton. McClure is alleged to have forcefully pulled and twisted the man’s arms to restrain him while he was sitting in a chair, causing bruising.

An Alford plea is not an admission of guilt, but an agreement from McClure that there was enough evidence that there was a strong likelihood he would be convicted if the case went to trial.

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