The owner of an adult care home in Florida was formally charged with running an abusive center. Priscilla Smith Johnson faces allegations of mistreatment of residents, restraining one with handcuffs, as well as instances of the abuse or neglect of others.
Johnson was charged with neglect of a disabled adult, false imprisonment, aggravated abuse and exploitation, Gainesville.com reported, citing a press release from the Florida attorney general’s office. Levy County Sheriff’s Lt. Scott Tummond said that Johnson was in a Gainesville hospital but would be taken to the Alachua County Jail once she is released. News of why she was hospitalized was not made public.
Johnson allegedly failed to provide a bed for several residents of the home, did not provide medical services for a resident’s wounds, restrained a disabled person with handcuffs, and abused a disabled woman to the point where it caused injuries on her wrists and permanent disfigurement. Johnson is also charged with failing to pay two disabled residents their required monthly personal needs allowance, Gainesville.com reported.
The aggravated abuse charge against Johnson is a first-degree felony, while the other charges are third-degree felonies. If convicted, Johnson could face 60 years in prison and $40,000 in fines, Gainesville.com reported. The case will be prosecuted by the State Attorney’s Office for the Eighth Judicial Circuit.