Florida elderly caretaker, 19, who was caught on video hitting an 88-year-old man in a wheelchair, is given two years house arrest
- Jonah Delgado, 19, was caught on video August 5, 2020 assaulting and abusing an 88-year-old man in his wheelchair
- He was sentenced Wednesday to two years of house arrest and four years’ probation, according to Hillsborough County court records.
- Graphics from home surveillance show the on-duty carer physically assaulting the elderly man in his care just over a year ago
- Delgado punches petite 88-year-old multiple times in the face and yells ‘f**ing idiot’ in victim’s face
- Authorities said Delgado also punched him three times in the stomach
A 19-year-old carer caught on video abusing an 88-year-old man in his wheelchair was sentenced to two years of house arrest and four years of probation, according to Hillsborough County court records.
Jonah Delgado was arrested in Hillsborough County, Florida, on August 5, 2020, after footage showed him punching a frail 88-year-old man in the face and yelling “how stupid are you” at him.
He was found guilty earlier this month, in a virtual hearing before Hillsborough Circuit Judge Laura Ward, of three third-degree felonies, two counts of elder abuse and battery of a victim over the age of 65.
He also apologized during the hearing for his actions at the time of the incident.
Jonathan Delgado (pictured) pleaded guilty and was sentenced in Hillsborough County, Florida after he was caught on surveillance video abusing an 88-year-old disabled man for whom he was hired (Fox 13 Tampa Bay)
“If I can only say one thing, I’d like to apologize. I understand the victim’s son is here and I just wanted to apologize to him,” Delgado said.
Subsequently, Delgado was sentenced to two years of house arrest and four years’ probation on a firm condition, explained by Hillsborough Circuit judge Laura Ward.
“Not a janitor job at all,” Ward added.
The day after his arrest, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office posted to Facebook a 55-second graphic video of the on-duty carer beating the unidentified man, who required full-time care for basic needs.
Deputies said Delgado punched his victim multiple times in the face, head and abdomen.
Jonah Delgado, a 19-year-old Florida caretaker, has been arrested after horrifying footage showed him punching a frail 88-year-old man in the face and yelling ‘how stupid are you’ at his victim
Surveillance graphics of the house show the on-call attendant punch the unknown man, who has to provide full-time basic necessities, several times in the face and violently pull him out of his wheelchair while yelling insultingly at him.
The disturbing video begins with Delgado pulling the man off the bed and placing him in a wheelchair before the caretaker casually slaps his victim hard in the face.
He then tells the 88-year-old to “relax.”
“It’s okay, it’s okay. Relax,’ he says.
Delgado tries to pull the vulnerable man to his feet and punches him in the face again. He seems to get even angrier at this point and starts yelling in the old man’s face.
‘You are an idiot! How stupid are you?’ he yells, taking off his own headphones.
The disturbing video begins with Delgado pulling the old man off the bed and leaving him in a wheelchair before the caretaker casually punches his victim in the face.
The abuser gets even angrier by yelling, “You’re an idiot! How stupid are you?’ in the face of the man as you slap him and forcibly pull him back out of the seat
‘Stand up!’ he keeps screaming.
Delgado forcefully yanks the man out of the wheelchair as he punches him again in the face and drags him back to the bed.
Delgado (pictured in mug) was arrested and charged with abusing an elderly or disabled adult and battery
He then pushes him on the bed and punches him three times in the stomach.
Sheriff Chad Chronister labeled his actions “deplorable” and said he had violated trust in him as a caretaker.
“This man’s actions are deplorable, unacceptable and disturbing,” he said.
“Delgado was entrusted to care for and protect this man. Not only did he violate this trust, but he put this man in direct danger with his actions.”
As part of his plea deal, Delgado will have to take anger management classes, serve 200 hours of community service and write a letter of apology to the victim.