- Associated Press - Friday, May 13, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - State authorities say a former employee at a facility for the disabled in northern New York has been convicted of a misdemeanor for trying to cover up the assault of a resident.

Justice Center prosecutors say 30-year-old Jeff Defayette, of Piercefield, could face up to a year in jail at sentencing June 29.

He was convicted at trial of one count of offering a false instrument for filing.

Defayette was one of five employees of the Sunmount Developmental Center in Tupper Lake indicted last year in the alleged assault on a disabled 18-year-old in October 2013 and cover-up.

He was the first to go to trial.

All pleaded not guilty.

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