Cedar Grove Middle School secretary Bobbie Neil Ward was arrested at the school Thursday afternoon. She faces 29 charges including abuse of disabled adults, aggravated assault, identity fraud and exploitation of an elderly person.
Police said Ward is also charged with physical abuse against a client.
“She’s charged with burning one of the disabled adults with a curling iron and beating him with extension cords,” said Nicole Marchaud, a lawyer with the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office. “We can see a trend of her taking advantage of these poor folks in various ways through financial means, physical means, verbal abuse…any means necessary for her to get what she wants to get, which ultimately is their money.”
Marchaud said prosecutors will seek maximum prison time for Ward.
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DeKalb School Secretary Accused of Elderly Abuse