Corey Montez Stokes, 23, is charged with abusing a protected person in violation of the Alabama Criminal Code, a felony, according to court records that became available Friday.
Those protected under state law include people who reside in a mental institutions, nursing homes, developmental centers for the intellectually disabled or developmentally disabled, or a physical rehabilitation facility.
According to Sheriff Larry Amerson, Stokes was a former employee of the Learning Tree Inc. on Roy Webb Road in Jacksonville, which provides support to children and adults with developmental disabilities.
Amerson said another Learning Tree employee reported that he was on the phone with Stokes on Sept. 26, 2013 when he overheard Stokes threaten a client.
According to Amerson, the 19-year-old victim told deputies that Stokes slapped and punched him.
Attempts to reach workers with the Learning Tree, Inc. were unsuccessful Friday.
Stokes was released from the Calhoun County Jail on $5,000 bond Jan. 24, according to a jail worker. He is to appear in court on Feb. 27.
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