Caregiver indicted in abuse of mentally disabled man

He is accused of molesting his charge last year

August 10, 2004|By Allison Klein | Allison Klein,SUN STAFF

A 48-year-old man was indicted in Baltimore Circuit Court on sex abuse charges in connection with the alleged assault of a mentally disabled man in his care.

Donald Tymous, whose last known address is the first block of South Calverton Road, is accused of molesting a 48-year old man who has the mental capacity of an 8-year old, according to court documents.

Tymous, who is being held in jail on $100,000 bail, has 14 other arrests on his record dating back to 1978. None of those arrests are sex-related, documents show.

Apparently a transient, Tymous lived in a homeless shelter shortly after the abuse allegedly occurred, according to court documents. He was indicted late Friday on charges of second-degree sex offense, perverted practice and second-degree assault.

The name of the alleged victim is being withheld because The Sun does not print the names of sexual assault victims, except in rare cases.

Court records allege that the abuse took place in the victim's bedroom at night from January to May last year while the men were living in the 2400 block of Sherwood Ave. in North Baltimore. Prosecutors say Tymous became a "default" caregiver after the victim's licensed caregiver stopped providing services.

"Our investigation revealed he was living with an individual who was licensed by the state to provide home services to disabled adults," said Margaret T. Burns, spokeswoman for the Baltimore state's attorney's office. "At some point, the care was turned over in some fashion to Tymous."

Burns said investigators are looking into whether Tymous was also licensed to care for disabled adults.

John Hammond, a spokesman for Maryland's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, which regulates several licensing agencies, said he could not comment because of the indictment.

"We wouldn't want to put any information out there that could throw the case one way or another," Hammond said.

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