Louisiana caregiver charged with physically, sexually abusing disabled man
WDSU / New Orleans Metro News / Kenner Police
Patrick Bowden, 39, pleaded not guilty on June 25 to five counts of being a principal to sexual battery and 74 counts of cruelty to the infirm.

By Michelle Hunter, NOLA

KENNER, La. (NOLA) -- A Kenner caregiver has been formally charged with several dozen counts of physically and sexually abusing a 26-year-old man with cerebral palsy, abuse that was recorded by in-home surveillance cameras, according to authorities.

Patrick Bowden, 39, pleaded not guilty on June 25 to five counts of being a principal to sexual battery and 74 counts of cruelty to the infirm, Jefferson Parish court records said.

Between Sept. 1, 2019, and Feb. 17, Bowden is accused of punching, slapping and choking the non-verbal victim -- who uses a wheelchair and cannot feed himself -- covering his nose to obstruct breathing and mistreating him, Kenner police said. During that time, the victim suffered a broken arm, a broken leg and a broken wrist, the victim's mother said.

The victim's father also filed a civil suit in the 24th Judicial District Court against Bowden, his employer, the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Greater New Orleans, and organization’s insurer for damages related to the abuse, court records said.

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