- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 26, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Gov. Pat McCrory says a new law increasing penalties related to abuse of adult group home residents meets his goal of ensuring North Carolina does all it can to protects those who can’t themselves.

McCrory held an Executive Mansion ceremony Tuesday to sign into law the General Assembly measure finalized this month and sought by the parents of an adult child with developmental disabilities.

The parents lobbied following allegations their adult son was sexually abused by a Catawba County group home worker, and other workers may have known about it.

The measure increases the severity of the misdemeanor against someone found to have knowingly injured or caused pain to group home residents. New or more severe misdemeanors were created against employees or volunteers who witness abuse but don’t tell authorities.

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