WYOMING, MI – A contract
employee at a group home for mentally disabled adults is accused of criminal sexual conduct against one of the home’s clients.
Stacey Rendil Smith is accused of kissing and fondling a mentally disabled man at theDavid’s House Ministries, a cluster of care facilities for developmentally disabled and traumatic brain injured adults and their families located south of Burton Street and Clyde Park Avenue SW.
According to a probable cause affidavit written by a Wyoming Police officer, 45-year-old Smith admitted to kissing and reaching into the pants of a wheelchair-bound man he was helping with range of motion activities sometime around June 1.
Police say that Smith said he was helping to adjust the man’s catheter, although that was not part of his job. The alleged victim claims that Smith touched his privates and kissed him without the victim’s consent, according to police.
Administrators at the facility dismissed the worker immediately upon learning of the allegation and aided police in the investigation, according to Ann Brafford, director at David’s House.
She said Smith was not directly employed by the home, but was part of a contracted service agency that provides employees to the home.
Brafford said like all adult care home workers, Smith was subject to background checks and vigorous training prior to working with the alleged victim.
She said since the incident, the home no longer offers one-on-one therapy on site, but instead opts for group sessions.
She said the alleged victim is doing well and has a healthy support system that includes friends, family and staff at the home.
Brafford said one of the most disturbing aspects of the incident is the betrayal of trust on Smith’s part of a vulnerable person who considered the suspect a friend.
“(The victim’s) biggest fear is hurting anyone else’s feelings,” Brafford said.
Smith was charged in October with two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct which carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.
Smith has asked for and has been denied a court-appointed attorney by Kent County Circuit Court Judge George Buth, a decision which Smith has appealed for reconsideration.
Smith, a Wyoming resident, is free on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond. He is scheduled to be tried on March 16.