Ex-Iowa Juvenile Home worker fined, given probation in assault case allegedly caught on camera


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TAMA, Iowa — A former Iowa Juvenile Home employee who state officials say was caught on video mistreating a teenage girl must pay a $315 fine and serve a year of self-supervised probation, after which his record will be cleared.

The Des Moines Register reports (http://dmreg.co/1KXRO9R ) 48-year-old Robert McFatridge was convicted Monday of assault causing bodily injury after he entered an Alford plea. He was charged following a November 2012 incident at the now-closed juvenile home in Toledo.

In an Alford plea, a person doesn't admit guilt but acknowledges there is enough evidence for a likely conviction.

Security cameras allegedly captured McFatridge dragging a female resident, placing her in an isolation cell and later slamming her forehead against a cement wall.

McFatridge declined to comment following his plea and sentencing Monday.

Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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