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O.C. man convicted of kicking woman with Down syndrome in head

Richard Vu Nguyen A Garden Grove man charged with kicking a woman with Down syndrome in the head was convicted of dependent adult abuse, authorities said Tuesday.

Richard Vu Nguyen, 45, was charged with entering the room of the 45-year-old woman, jumping onto her bed and kicking her in the head and upper torso, according to the Orange County district attorney's office.

Prosecutors said the act was caught on video after the victim’s family, suspecting that she was being abused, installed a surveillance camera in her room last year.

The beating was caught on video sometime between March and April 2011, prosecutors said. Nguyen lived in the Garden Grove home with his girlfriend, who was the woman's state-funded caretaker.

Nguyen is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 17 at the North Justice Center in Fullerton. He faces a maximum sentence of four years in state prison.

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Photo: Richard Vu Nguyen. Credit: Orange County district attorney's office

 
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