Yankton Man Sentenced in Adult Abuse Case in Sioux County

September 15, 2020 10:10am

Aaron Albaugh

A Yankton man was sentenced for Dependent Adult Abuse in Sioux County District Court Monday.  Yesterday, a judge delivered the sentence to 28 year-old Aaron David Albaugh of Yankton.  According to a press release from the Sioux County Attorney’s Office, the case arose May 5, 2019, when the victim, a dependent adult living with a full-time caretaker, suffered a facial injury. The caretaker was Aaron Albaugh, who reported to his supervisor the victim suffered a minor accidental fall, but others observing the injury decided to take the victim to the emergency room, revealing significant trauma including several facial fractures, which specialists described as not a single accidental fall. The victim reported to their family and medical provider that the victim and caretaker were in a “big fight” but could not further describe the fight due to their special needs.

COVID-19 delayed the case, which was rescheduled for a jury trial on September 22, but Albaugh accepted a plea agreement Monday, September 14, and was sentenced to two years in prison. The prison term was suspended and Albaugh was ordered to complete two years of probation with the Iowa Department of Corrections, ordered to pay a fine, complete substance abuse treatment, submit a sample of his DNA, and ordered to have no contact with the victim; he is also prohibited from working in any care-giving capacity or facility.