GREENE COUNTY, TN (WJHL) – More than a year after first alerting police about a substantiated abuse case at Greene Valley Developmental Center the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities says it fully supports the prosecution of former employee Alysia Ann Prater.
Greene County grand jurors indicted Prater this week on a felony charge of abuse of a depende2nt adult. She is accused of slapping a woman with an intellectual disability in the face with a shoe.
“We initially contacted law enforcement in December 2014 because we believed this egregious case of abuse to possibly be criminal in nature,” DIDD Communications Director Cara Kumari said Thursday. “We fully support prosecution to the fullest extent possible under the law. We look forward to continuing and expanding our partnership with local law enforcement across the state to pursue all legal avenues to bring perpetrators of abuse, neglect and exploitation of vulnerable persons to justice.”
Although Tusculum police originally investigated the case in 2014 charges were never filed. The chief said prosecutors declined to prosecute because Prater resigned. Third Judicial District Attorney General Dan Armstrong says his office has no record of that conversation.
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