Civil Rights Violation that was a kick in the head

A 37-year-old San Angelo woman pleaded guilty to violating the civil rights of a resident at the San Angelo State Supported Living Center by kicking the resident in the the face, according to a news release by the United States Department of Justice. Three US Attorneys are prosecuting the case.

“(Tesa Keith) physically assaulted a resident at the Living Center with no legal justification,” said Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. “The (DOJ) will continue to defend the civil rights of Americans and seek justice for those who have suffered unlawful abuses.”

According to the plea agreement, Keith was working on June 13, 2017, as a Direct Service Provider at the San Angelo State Supported Living Center, a state-run facility. K.B. was a resident of the facility. Keith admitted to kicking K.B. in the face without legal justification and for the purpose of punishing her. Keith’s assault resulted in bodily injury to K.B., according to the release.

“Instead of the care and compassion she deserved, this victim suffered abuse and humiliation,” said U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox. “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 for the civil rights offense. The maximum statutory sentence prescribed by Congress is provided here for information purposes, as the sentence will be determined by the court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. 

From the DOJ

Tesa Keith, 37, violated the civil rights of a resident at the San Angelo State Supported Living Center in San Angelo, Texas, announced Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Erin Nealy Cox, and Michael Schneider, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Dallas Division.

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

“Instead of the care and compassion she deserved, this victim suffered abuse and humiliation,” said U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox. “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.”

“The FBI works closely with our federal, state, and local partners to investigate any type of civil rights violation,” said Michael Schneider, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Dallas Division. “The victim was unfairly prevented from receiving the care she was entitled to under the law.”

According to the plea agreement, Keith was working on June 13, 2017, as a Direct Service Provider at the San Angelo State Supported Living Center, a state-run facility. K.B. was a resident of the facility. Keith admitted to kicking K.B. in the face without legal justification and for the purpose of punishing her. Keith’s assault on K.B. resulted in bodily injury to K.B.

Keith faces a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for the civil rights offense. The maximum statutory sentence prescribed by Congress is provided here for information purposes, as the sentence will be determined by the court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. 

The FBI’s San Angelo Field Office conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Juanita Fielden of the Northern District of Texas and Trial Attorneys Rose E. Gibson and Kate Hill of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division are prosecuting the case.

2 Years prior a resident was convicted of assaulting an employee

A resident of the San Angelo State Supported Living Center in Carlsbad was indicted on numerous charges of assault against several employees.

Kellye Anne Baker, 30, was booked into the Tom Green County Jail on Friday in lieu of $90,000 bail. She was released Tuesday on bond .

Baker was indicted Sept. 7 on three counts of third-degree assault on a public servant, a charge punishable by two to 10 years in prison.

The indictment alleges Baker struck an employee on the head with a flashlight and hit another with a fire extinguisher on March 15.

The documents said she also bit a third employee while he was restraining her to keep Baker from injuring herself or others.

Prosecutors said cases like these are difficult for law enforcement to examine because they typically involve a mentally disabled individual.

State supported living centers provide campus-based direct services and supports to people with mental and developmental disabilities.