Workshop Trainer Finally Convicted Of Abusing Worker
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
October 29, 2002
HAMILTON, OHIO--After two mistrials, Tim Ivers was finally found guilty last Wednesday of abusing an employee at a Hamilton sheltered workshop.
Ivers, 40, could face up to 18 months in prison for the abuse charge when he is scheduled for sentencing in December. The Butler County Common Pleas jury could not reach a verdict on a misdemeanor assault charge.
Ivers was a trainer at the Hamilton Center, a workshop for adults with developmental disabilities, when a video surveillance camera recorded what appeared to be him striking Glenn Kidd on January 26, 2001. The Butler County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (MRDD) had set up video and audio surveillance equipment after receiving complaints about people being abused at the workshop.
The video recorded images of Ivers dragging Kidd, then 36, backward by his belt into a restroom. The audio recorder then recorded sounds of Ivers scolding Kidd and what prosecutors said were sounds like "smacks" and Kidd "yelping in pain". Ivers also could be heard on the tape telling Kidd to go back out, sit down and be good.
Ivers' defense attorney argued that the sounds were of both men falling over a chair that had been left in the restroom, out of the camera's view.
The first trial was declared a mistrial in April because the prosecution did not turn over a document to the defense. The second trial in August ended in a hung jury.
MRDD Superintendent Fred Valerius said Wednesday that the board has now installed surveillance equipment in all of its facilities. The board had not decided yet what to do about Ivers' employment status. Ivers has been on administrative leave since the allegations first surfaced.