State Worker Recants Cattle Prod Story

A state worker has recanted a story accusing a supervisor of using a cattle prod on a person with developmental disabilities, state officials said.

The worker had accused a supervisor at a group home in Washington County, near the town of Cambridge, N.Y., and now faces a misdemeanor charge for making a false allegation. The story was previously reported by WRGB-TV, the CBS affiliate in Albany.

In a statement released Saturday night, Courtney Burke, the commissioner of the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities, said, “Following an exhaustive investigation, the employee who made the allegation has stated it was, in fact, a false accusation.”

“I am disappointed this investigation caused disruption to the lives of the individuals residing in that home, and was a considerable drain on resources that would have been better spent investigating real cases,” she added. “But we take every allegation very seriously, and our strengthened investigations process and agreement with State Police resulted in a definitive outcome. I thank our partners in law enforcement for their diligent investigation.”

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