Liberty workers accused of using excessive force on resident

Two employees at a Liberty ARC residence were arrested after an investigation into accusations of "i
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Two employees at a Liberty ARC residence were fired and then arrested after an investigation into accusations of “inappropriate conduct,” according to Montgomery County sheriff’s deputies.

Jonathan J. Cooper, 28, of 9 McCleary Ave., and William J. Fredericks, 46, of 4631 Touareuna Road, both in Amsterdam, were charged with endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person, a misdemeanor, according to deputies.

Deputies said in a news release this morning that the investigation began after Liberty representatives shared recent “reports of inappropriate conduct by a few of their employees in one of their residences.”

Undersheriff Jeffery Smith said the allegation stems from complaints that the employees used excessive force while trying to restrain a resident. Smith said the resident was did not suffer injuries serious enough to lodge assault charges.

The joint investigation lasted about a month, Smith said.

Liberty is the Montgomery County chapter of the New York State ARC, which serves people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities through employment, residential programs and other support services.

Liberty spokeswoman Barbara Wool declined to comment on the allegations or provide information on the two employees.

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Categories: News, Schenectady County

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