Sunmount employee charged with abuse pleads guilty

TUPPER LAKE – A Sunmount employee pleaded guilty to official misconduct after he physically and verbally abused a resident of the home for people with developmental disabilities.

Derick R. Mandigo, 46, of Tupper Lake, pleaded guilty last week in town court to official misconduct, a class A misdemeanor. He had been charged in April with that as well as endangering the welfare of an incompetent person.

Town Justice Leonard Young III sentenced Mandigo to a one-year conditional discharge, according to Franklin County Assistant District Attorney David Hayes. He said Mandigo must immediately resign from Sunmount and stay off all Sunmount property to meet the terms of the discharge.

In August 2009, another worker captured a cell phone video of Mandigo verbally abusing a resident and striking the resident in the face. Mandigo admitted he did so in verbal and written statements before entering a guilty plea.

He was arrested after a joint investigation between several state and county agencies. Mandigo has been on leave from Sunmount since the state Office for People with Developmental Disabilities was made aware of the situation.

Franklin County District Attorney Derek Champagne told the Enterprise earlier this month that his office’s main priority was to make sure Mandigo was no longer employed at Sunmount.