FARMINGTON — A 30-year-old man made his first court appearance Wednesday on four felony charges of physically abusing two elderly residents of an assisted living center.
Second District Judge John R. Morris set bail at $60,000 and told Jason Harold Knox that if he is released from jail pending trial he cannot have contact with any vulnerable adults.
No further court dates were set. Knox still did not have an attorney of record as of Wednesday afternoon, according to online court records.
Knox has been fired from his job as a certified nursing assistant at Chancellor Gardens assisted living center in Clearfield.
“He was terminated immediately when we were informed by the family” about alleged abuse, said Jeff Fischer, president of MBK Senior Living, which operates the Clearfield center.
“We were appalled that someone in our employment” could have been involved, he said.
“Our concern is for the residents, and we acted swiftly and involved the authorities,” Fischer said.
Clearfield police arrested Knox on Oct. 7 and the Utah Attorney General’s Office filed second-degree felony counts of elder abuse Oct. 12.
Relatives of a male dementia patient showed police video they had recorded of Knox allegedly slamming the resident into a wall and driving his elbow into his midsection.
In a probable cause statement, police said Knox told them that also in October, he picked up a female resident and threw her on her bed and elbowed her twice.