Ivers Gets Six Months For Abusing Workshop Employee
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
December 11, 2002
HAMILTON, OHIO--Timothy Lee Ivers will spend six months behind bars for abusing a sheltered workshop employee, a judge ruled last week.
Butler County Judge H.J. Bressler ordered Ivers, 40, to start his sentence at the county jail January 3, and to pay a $500 fine.
Ivers, who had no previous criminal record, had faced up to 18 months in jail and a fine of $5,000 after a jury found him guilty in October of felony patient abuse.
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.
Ivers went through two mistrials before a Butler County Common Pleas jury handed down the abuse conviction on October 23. The jury deadlocked on a misdemeanor assault charge.