- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A former worker at a Sioux Falls nonprofit that serves people with disabilities has pleaded not guilty to charges of abuse and assault of a client.

The Argus Leader reports that 26-year-old Samantha Wiesler is accused of physically abusing a 21-year-old client at LifeScape. She faces four charges including felony abuse of a disabled adult. Her trial is set for late September.

Two other workers at LifeScape also face charges, one for alleged abuse and the other for allegedly stealing from clients.

South Dakota’s Department of Human Services has outlined a number of improvements that LifeScape must make by Oct. 9 to avoid having its certification revoked.

LifeScape’s chief operating officer has said the nonprofit strives to ensure high-quality care and has cooperated fully with the state.

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Information from: Argus Leader, http://www.argusleader.com

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