Worker with the mentally disabled is charged with abusing man in his care

A former employee of a community-based provider of services for the mentally disabled has been charged with abuse after he allegedly kicked a 29-year-old disabled man in his care.

Burnside police arrested James S. Smith, 33, Tuesday on charges that he knowingly abused an adult, a Class C felony that carries penalties of five to 10 years in prison.

Smith, who has resigned, was working for Community Alternatives of Kentucky, which provides residential and other services to mentally disabled people. Smith worked in Somerset at the time of the offense, which is alleged to have occurred at one of the company's adult day training centers, according to Attorney General Jack Conway's office.

A Pulaski County grand jury indicted Smith earlier this month for allegedly abusing the male resident in March. Smith allegedly improperly restrained the resident and kicked him.

Community Alternatives reported the matter to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, which oversees community programs for the mentally disabled. The cabinet turned over the information to Conway's office.

Smith was lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center. His bail was set at $20,000 cash or property.