Video leads to charges in abuse of man with cerebral palsy
KENNER, La. (AP) — A Louisiana man faces dozens of criminal charges related to the beating and sexual abuse of a 26-year-old man with cerebral palsy.
The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate reports that court records show weeks of abuse was recorded by surveillance equipment at the victim’s home in the New Orleans suburb of Kenner. Jefferson Parish court records show 39-year-old Patrick Bowden pleaded not guilty on June 25 to five counts of being a principal to sexual battery and 74 counts of cruelty to the infirm.
Bowden, who was arrested in February, was jailed at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center in Gretna. Bond was set at $360,000. Online records did not identify an attorney who could comment on his behalf.
The victim’s father has sued an agency that hired and trained Bowden as a caregiver.
Bowden is accused of punching, slapping and choking the victim, covering his nose to obstruct breathing and otherwise mistreating him, Kenner police said. The victim’s mother said the victim suffered multiple broken bones over time.
The victim’s parents at first thought the injuries were due to their 110-pound son’s delicate skeletal and muscular system. A check of the surveillance video revealed the abuse, authorities said.