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Man admits sexually abusing disabled person

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Posted at 4:59 PM, Feb 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-17 17:00:18-05

A Williamsville man has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a woman with developmental disabilities while working at People Inc.

George West pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of second degree sexual abuse. He was fired from People Inc. and will be sentenced in May.

As a result of his guilty plea, he will have to register as a sex offender and surrender his teaching license.

The 57-year-old man worked as a part-time employee for People Inc. for nine months and the woman he abused was in his care. The company says, "Upon learning of the incident on June 14, 2015, we notified police and immediately placed Mr. West on unpaid administrative leave. On July 3, Mr. West’s employment was terminated."

Company officials say West went through all pre-hire background checks including a criminal background check, fingerprinting and a check against the Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment. They say nothing in these checks raised any red flags.