State investigating claims disabled man was beaten

The beatings allegedly took place in October and November

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RANDOLPH, Mass. (AP) — An investigation is underway after two Massachusetts men were charged with repeatedly beating a disabled man who was in their care at a residential facility.

Andrew Levrault, of the Disabled Persons Protection Commission, tells The Patriot Ledger the independent state agency was contacted by the Judge Rotenberg Educational Center and is investigating the incident.

Authorities say 36-year-old Mohamed Tarawally and 24-year-old Claude Guerrier pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of assault and battery on a disabled person and other offenses.

Prosecutors say the two men were employed at the center’s Randolph facility and allegedly assaulted the victim multiple times in October and November.

Levrault says the agency plans to look into the incident and issue a finding. That finding will go to the state’s Department of Developmental Services.

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