Former caretakers sentenced for abuse

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SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Two former employees of The Arc of Northeastern Pennsylvania were sentenced Tuesday for abuse of a dependent in their care.

Lisa Wall and Eileen Dougherty will spend months behind bars for their actions. Tuesday’s sentencing happened over Zoom.

Honorable President Judge Barrasse increased the sentencing guidelines from standard to the aggravated range, giving the two women a more severe sentence.

42-year-old Lisa Wall of Duryea and 40-year-old Eileen Dougherty of Scranton have been sentenced.

In September, both pled guilty to two counts of “abuse of a care-dependent person.”

The two women are former employees of The Arc of Northeastern Pennsylvania, working at one of its group homes taking care of a resident with mental challenges.

In a cruel way, the women threw chicken in different areas of the home and laughed as the victim ate it. Including under the toilet, shower, basement floor, porch, snow, and grass, using phrases like “front yard chicken” to get the victim’s attention.

They also threw wet towels at the victim’s head and encouraged that person to sing a racial word, recording 10 videos of their cruel actions.

In December, Scranton police received a tip from Dougerty’s ex-boyfriend after she shared the videos with him on social media. The two women were charged in January.

The non-profit serves 350 people with developmental disabilities each week.

“The Arc is committed to quality in services and protecting the individuals in our care.  To this end we utilize every tool available to us including employee background checks and providing comprehensive training to every direct support professional.  Yet, there remains an element of trust that employees will do the right thing.  This, sadly, was not the case with the two individuals sentenced today,” said Executive Director of the Arc, Maryclaire Kretsch.

Dougherty and Wall will both be behind bars between eight to 23 months, with eight years probation after time served.

Now, the two women were initially charged with 10 counts of “abuse of a care dependent person.” Through a plea deal they were only charged with two counts, which they pled guilty to. 

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