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Man sentenced to nine years for abuse at Carter County facility

An Ohio man on Thursday was sentenced to nine years in prison in connection with the abuse of three mentally handicapped residents at Community Presence, a residential home in Carter County for people with mental disabilities.

Attorney General Jack Conway announced the sentencing of Robert Thompson, 55, of Ironton, Ohio, who pleaded guilty this month to two counts of knowingly abusing a vulnerable adult and one count of first-degree wanton endangerment.

On September 10, 2007, Thompson and co-defendant Ira Griffith were indicted for using "improper physical retraints" to confine Craig Martin, a resident at Community Presence who was not posing a threat to anyone, according to a news release. Community Presence is now closed.

Thompson also committed two acts of abuse on Michael Price, also a resident of Community Presence, in September 2007.

"This sentence sends a clear message that the neglect and abuse of vulnerable citizens will not be tolerated in Kentucky," Conway said in a statement.

Griffith also pleaded guilty this month and will be sentenced on June 20.

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