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Employee at Raleigh group home charged with assaulting disabled patient

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) - A Harnett County man who is employed at a group home for the mentally disabled is charged with assaulting a patient, according to a Wake County arrest warrant.

Robert Lee Harrington, 59, of Angier, is charged with one felony count of assault on the handicapped and one misdemeanor count of abuse/exploit CH122C patient.

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According to the warrant, Harrington hit the patient with a yellow "Wet Floor" sign, physically forced him to the floor and then sat on him. The charges date back to July 20, 2017, but Harrington was not arrested and charged until April 30.

The man who was assaulted suffered a broken nose and facial bruising due to being hit in the face by the sign, the warrant says.

Harrington was taken to the Wake County Detention Center and given a $20,000 secured bond. He bonded out and had his first court appearance Tuesday morning.

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