By: Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — A Coyle man, who was a teenager when he was employed to provide care by Supported Community Lifestyles, was ordered to take an anger management course as a condition of probation for repeatedly pushing two non-verbal clients at a Stillwater group home into a sitting position on a couch in an aggressive and intimidating manner, court records show.
Joseph Garcia, now 20, was required by District Judge Phillip Corley to begin serving a 30-day jail term on May 10 followed by two years and 11 months of probation and to pay $700 in assessments as well as the cost of his incarceration, court records show.
Garcia was 19 when he pleaded guilty to two counts of caretaker abuse of a vulnerable adult, court records show. Garcia will not have a criminal record if he successfully completes probation since he was given a deferred sentence.
The site manager for Stillwater Supported Community Lifestyles said an employee told him that on Jan. 22, 2018, “she witnessed a co-worker by the name of Joseph Garcia getting physical with the clients in the home,” Stillwater Police Detective Mary Kellison wrote in an affidavit.
The employee said that the two clients liked to pace around as a self-soothing behavior, the affidavit said. She said that she and the house manager “had several conversations with Joseph prior to this incident that employees cannot make the clients do anything whatsoever,” the affidavit said.
She said. “Joseph knew what he did was wrong and had been told multiple times not to put his hands on clients,” the affidavit said.
Video footage showed Garcia repeatedly pushing the two clients onto a couch, the affidavit said. Since the clients are not verbal, “they can’t explain or describe what happened to them,” the affidavit said.