Woman Pleads Guilty To Kicking Patient At State Supported Living Center

Kelli Wiese
May 02, 2019 - 1:57 pm
Texas Courtroom

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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Investigators say 37-year-old Tesa Keith pleaded guilty to violating the civil rights of a resident at the San Angelo State Supported Living Center.

Investigators say Keith was working on June 13, 2017 as a Direct Service Provider at center. Keith admitted to kicking the woman in the face to punish the woman. That assault injured the woman.

Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband of the Justice's Civil Rights Division is quoted as saying, "This defendant physically assaulted a resident at the Living Center with no legal justification. The Department of Justice will continue to defend the civil rights of Americans and seek justice for those who have suffered unlawful abuses."

U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Erin Nealy Cox is quoted as saying, "Instead of the care and compassion she deserved, this victim suffered abuse and humiliation. One of the DOJ's most sacred duties is seeking justice for our district's most vulnerable. We will not tolerate this sort of terrible behavior."

Keith faces a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.