RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A former employee at a Suffolk County group home pleaded guilty Tuesday afternoon to his involvement in what has been called a fight club that encouraged disabled men to beat each other up.
Three other employees accused in the fighting ring pleaded not guilty Tuesday morning.
As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, prosecutors have video of the alleged incident. Jackie Kagan, deputy special prosecutor for the New York State Justice Center, said the video shows the alleged ringleader, Erin McHenry, with her foot on the arm of a wheelchair that had been knocked over and one resident of the Independent Group Home Living program in Hampton Bays stomping on the head of another.
“And this poor gentleman is basically looking around for help,” Kagan said. “And what do you hear on the tape? Raucous laughter. That’s their response.”