September 2, 2014

5th ex-worker from BSDC on trial for abusing residents

Another former employee of the Beatrice State Developmental Center is on trial this week in Gage County for alleged abuses of residents at the center.

Matt Pangborn is charged with six counts of abuse of a vulnerable adult and four counts of strangulation.

Certified nursing assistant Stacy Bohlmeyer testified Monday about one incident she witnessed involving Pangborn and client Michael Adams, a non-verbal client at the center.

Bohlmeyer says, “I was with a different individual, charting and assisting them with eating and I looked up and I seen Matt Pangborn hit Michael Adams with a closed fist on the top of the head.”

Under questioning from Deputy Gage County Attorney Amanda Spracklen-Hogan, Bohlmeyer said she didn’t know what led to the incident, but also heard Adams being struck, after which, she said Adams curled up in a ball.

Bohlmeyer testified she’d witnessed Pangborn choke another resident of the Beatrice center.

“Matt was sitting there and I seen him put his arm around Mark Milsap’s neck and you could hear Mark for a while and then, you didn’t hear anything and his head went off to the side,” she testified.

She said the incident took place after Millsap was having a behavior issue.

Four other former BSDC employees have been convicted of abuses this year. Several co-defendants who accepted plea agreements in exchange for their testimony are expected to testify for the state in Pangborn’s case.

By Doug Kennedy, KWBE, Beatrice