Man pleads guilty to beating boy with autism

Posted at: 03/11/2013 12:27 PM
By: KOB.com Staff

Photo: Leonard Bernal
Photo: Leonard Bernal

The man accused of abusing a boy with autism was in court Monday morning.

KOB Eyewitness News 4 was there as Leonard Bernal pleaded guilty.

Our 4 On Your Side  investigative team shared the video back in 2010 which showed Bernal in the red shirt kneeing the 12-year old boy.

The abuse allegedly happened at Camelot, a home for children with autism, in southeast Albuquerque sometime in 2009 in 2010. Bernal was employee there.

Camelot was recently bought by another company and is now known as Bernalillo Academy.

Another defendant , James Russ, also faces charges; he's believed to have recorded that video.

Russ and Bernal do not have any prior child abuse charges.