OCSO: Man forced teen to drop out of school to care for incapacitated person

Northwest Florida

MARY ESTHER, Fla. (WKRG) — Joseph Matey, 47, was accused of keeping a teen out of school to help care for an incapacitated individual.

The victim was forced to spend 14 hours monitoring medical equipment such as a ventilator and checking vital signs, as well as feeding and caring for the individual’s needs.

Matey supposedly made the teen also work alongside him, depriving the victim of sleep.

A licensed psychologist reported the teen shows signs of “educational deprivation” and mental injury due to what Matey possibly put them through.


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