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Former Children's Hospital of Georgia employee accused of molesting patients

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 10:02 PM
Last updated Thursday, March 21, 2013 6:31 AM
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A former employee at the Child­ren’s Hospital of Georgia has been indicted on charges he sexually molested patients.

Bernard Edwards, 56, of the 2800 block of Pepperdine Drive in Hephzibah should be arraigned next month in Richmond County Superior Court on charges of aggravated sexual battery, sexual battery against a hospital patient and simple battery.

According to the indictment returned Monday, Edwards is accused of sexually assaulting a girl Nov. 14, and another patient between Jan. 15 and Jan. 31, 2010. A third incident allegedly occurred Jan. 28, 2012, when Edwards is accused of inappropriately hugging and touching a boy.

According to a statement released by Georgia Regents Uni­versity, Edwards was a mental health technician. He was fired Jan. 8 for gross misconduct, said spokeswoman Christen Carter.

Because this is a pending criminal matter, no further comment concerning the case will be issued at this time, according to the hospital statement.

Edwards was arrested Jan. 8 and charged with one count of child molestation. He was released on bond Jan. 11.

During an investigation of the most recent complaint, officers found that other complaints had been made against Edwards, Dis­trict Attorney Ashley Wright said in an e-mail.

A grand jury arrest warrant has been issued for the additional charges against him. The case is assigned to Judge J. David Roper.

Staff writer Tom Corwin contributed to this article.

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giwi
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giwi 03/21/13 - 01:56 am
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So he is out on bond so he

So he is out on bond so he can harm another child! Go Richmond County!

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 03/21/13 - 08:37 am
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Geez

I was under the impression that child molestation was no longer against our new non-moral America. I read someplace that was considered a normal natural behavior of modern humans.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 03/21/13 - 08:38 am
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Jan. 2010 to Jan. 2012 is a

Jan. 2010 to Jan. 2012 is a pretty big gap.

IF guilty one has to wonder how many unreported cases there were in the two unaccounted years.

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concercitizen 03/21/13 - 08:51 am
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I do not apologize for the

I do not apologize for the way I feel about this: Take him straight to a chair that has electrical current running through it and strap him in and turn up the voltage. That is the only cure for these kind of people.

my.voice
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my.voice 03/21/13 - 09:15 am
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This is sick, just sick. I

This is sick, just sick.

I wonder if he will get a longer sentence than the guy who tossed the dogs into the canal.

CricketSeranade
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CricketSeranade 03/21/13 - 10:32 am
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I smell a lawsuit

MCG, GRU, well, whatever they are calling themselves this week better break out the check book. They failed to report the previous incidents despite the fact there are laws in place that require suspected abuse to be reported to the police. If they had done what they were supposed to, this walking pile of DNA would not have had the chance to continue molesting other children.

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Dixieman 03/21/13 - 10:44 am
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2,809,994 POINTS

A new low in human behavior. I want to be on his jury,

my.voice
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my.voice 03/21/13 - 11:33 am
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@Dixieman - Watch what you

@Dixieman - Watch what you wish for. Sat on jury for a huge drug case a year back. The evidence would fill a dump truck. One guy on the jury held out (race issue) and it was the most frustrating experience of my life. Juror wouldn't discuss what he believed, just didn't believe the dud was guilty. I was embarrassed for the guy. And no, this isn't/wasn't about one man's opinion, it was clearly related to the color of skin. We are so far from Dr King's dream unfortunately. I hate it, I just hate it, however, we did it to ourselves.

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tanbaby 03/21/13 - 05:49 pm
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like those children that are
Unpublished

like those children that are in the hospital don't have enough problems as it is...then some freak comes along and makes it even worse....God bless those babies who had to deal with this monster....

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nocnoc 06/19/14 - 05:52 am
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FOUND INNOCENT June 18th, 2014

While I am not taking sides on the verdict

It is only fitting we acknowledge the man was found NOT GUILTY.

Quoting AC 6-18-2014
"After deliberating for less than an hour, the Richmond County Superior Court jury reached not-guilty verdicts..."

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