The operator of a group home for the mentally ill in Witchita, KA, was sentenced today to 30 years in federal prison. Arlan Kaufman, 69, was convicted this past November of more than 30 criminal counts for his actions, including enslaving his residents, forcing them to work in the nude, and perform sex acts. His wife Linda was sentenced to 7 years for her role in the crimes.
Prosecutors contended the Kaufmans controlled the lives of their residents, including deciding who could wear clothes and forcing them to fondle each other and commit other acts that Arlan Kaufman videotaped.
“Rather than lawfully and responsibly carrying out their duties as caregivers, the Kaufmans used physical force and threats to intimidate the residents, to isolate them from their families and to sexually humiliate them,” U.S. Attorney Eric Melgren said in a statement.
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