Former assisted living aide sentenced to 3 months in jail for abuse of vulnerable adult in Wayne
WAYNE, Neb. — Teri Fettig was sentenced on Wednesday morning for her role in using a resident’s credit card to make personal purchases in Wayne.
The 39-year-old was placed in Wayne County Jail for 90 days on charges of abuse of a vulnerable adult and unauthorized use of a financial transaction device.
Wayne County attorney Amy Miller said the state would not oppose a sentence of probation as long as Fettig would write a letter to the victim.
Fettig’s attorney Mark Albin said his client has accepted responsibility for the charges and brought up financial difficulty and personal issues.
Judge Mark Johnson said while there was no physical harm, the 69-year-old resident at Kinship Pointe should not have dealt with Fettig's actions.
“This has caused the victim quite a bit of concern and anxiety which she doesn’t need at this point in her life,” Johnson said.
At the time of the crime, a family member, who had power of attorney, said the resident suffered from dementia and late-stage Parkinson’s disease.
Johnson sentenced Fettig to 30 months of probation for the intentional abuse of a vulnerable adult and 90 days in jail for the misdemeanor charge of the unauthorized use of a financial device.
“[The] facility and its employees, including yourself, had a duty to ensure no crime of this nature ever occurred. Except, you breached that duty,” Johnson said.
Fettig will also be required to write an apology letter to the victim.