Ex-adult assisted living worker charged with sexually assaulting disabled man he was caring for
CARROLLTON TWP, MI – A former guard at a Saginaw County adult assisted living facility is accused of sexually assaulting a man in his professional custody.
On June 20, Carrollton Township police opened an abuse investigation at the Bay Human Service Hope House, 4326 N. Michigan Ave. Staff there had alerted police to the alleged conduct, Chief Craig A. Oatten said.
The inquest found that 36-year-old Everette L. Goodwine sexually abused a 27-year-old mentally challenged man who resided at the facility. The abuse happened multiple times at various locations around the county, prosecutors said.
On December 21, authorities issued a warrant for Goodwine. On Wednesday, Jan. 19, police arrested Goodwine and took him to the Saginaw County Jail.
The next morning, Goodwine appeared before Saginaw County District Judge David D. Hoffman to be arraigned on two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a mentally disabled person. The charge involves penetration and is punishable by life imprisonment.
Hoffman set Goodwine’s bond at $50,000 in cash.
Joe Pilot, executive director of Bay Human Services, said Goodwine was hired by the agency in 2015.
“He was fully trained and passed all background checks,” Pilot said. Goodwine worked as a direct support professional at the Carrollton Township location, which is a licensed six-bed adult foster home, Pilot said.
“An allegation was made by someone we care about,” Pilot said. “We take (the allegations) seriously and cooperated fully with law enforcement and immediately reported them to them.”
Goodwine’s employment was terminated immediately, Pilot said.
Goodwine’s case is set for a pre-examination conference at 9 a.m. on February 1 and a preliminary examination at 10 a.m. on February 7.
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