Niskayuna aids say arrests ruined reputations

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Former counselors at group home found not guilty of endangering disabled person

For The Daily Gazette

NISKAYUNA — Two women charged with endangering the welfare of a physically disabled person in early 2014 and eventually found not guilty say a state agency failed to fully investigate the allegations before putting out a press release about the arrests.

Yosmarvi Tovar and Dominique Mortimore this week were found not guilty in Niskayuna Town Court. They allege that the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs issued a press release at the time of their arrest lacking adequate investigation, resulting in job loss and misrepresentation.

“The release put out by the Justice Center ruined their reputations,” said Mortimore’s lawyer, Kevin Luibrand. “They never did anything wrong.”

The press statement released by the Justice Center in November 2014 detailed the charges and also included mug shots of both Tovar and Mortimore.

The pair of former counselors at a group home run by the Center for Disability Services in Niskayuna was accused of trying to get a resident to shower by opening a window during the winter to allow cold air into the room and tipping over the couch the man was sitting on.