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Man charged with abusing clients in adult day care program

A former adult daycare staff member has been charged with physically abusing two mentally disabled clients.

Lawrence Paul Miguel, who was on staff at Responsive Caregivers of Hawaii, faces charges on four counts of endangering the welfare of an incompetent person, according to Attorney General Doug Chin.

Miguel is accused of abusing two people in separate incidents on June 11, 2014. He allegedly bent a client’s wrist backwards before grabbing him by the shirt and forcing him into the wall. The second victim was forced to the ground, straddled, and choked for removing a sandwich from a locker, according to the AG.

“Both victims are afflicted with profound intellectual disabilities and as a result are unable to communicate. Both incidents were observed by an eyewitness who intervened immediately,” the press release said.

“Mr. Miguel was supposed to help these people, not hurt them,” Chin said. “This department will prosecute anyone who takes advantage of his position to harm those most in need of our assistance.”

If convicted, the misdemeanor charges carry a sentence of up to one year in jail.

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