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Bond granted to former hospital worker accused of molestation

Thursday, April 4, 2013 3:56 PM
Last updated Friday, April 5, 2013 12:00 AM
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A former employee of the Children’s Hospital of Geor­gia who faces charges of sexually assaulting patients was granted $25,000 bond Thursday.

Bernard Edwards, 55, must submit to GPS monitoring while on bond and observe a dusk-to-dawn curfew. He must stay away from children and off all campuses of Geor­gia Regents University, Su­perior Court Judge J. David Roper ordered.

Edwards turned himself in March 28 after a Richmond Coun­ty grand jury returned a six-count indictment against him.

On Nov. 15, Georgia Re­gents Medical Center police were called after a 12-year-old girl told her parents that Edwards had molested her, Assistant District Attorney Robert Homlar said Thursday.

Investigators learned of two prior complaints from child patients that had not been reported to police, Homlar said. In January 2010, a 15-year-old girl told her parents and her psychiatrist that Edwards molested her. In January 2012, a 17-year-old boy reported that Edwards had taken him into a room and inappropriately touched him.

Edwards was employed as a mental health technician for three years at the hospital and was fired in November.

Edwards emphatically denies the allegations, defense attorney Jeff Johnston told the judge Thursday.

Edwards was initially arrested on one count of child molestation over the November allegation and released on $25,000 bond without any incidents. He has no criminal history and has family in town, including his wife, who recently had surgery and needs his help, Johnston said.

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IsAmericaFree
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IsAmericaFree 04/05/13 - 11:58 am
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GPS Monitoring

We all know how well that works. Look at the incident in Syracuse, a young girl is raped and her mother murdered by a man that was being electronically monitored.

Why did the psychiatrist not notifiy police in the other incident???

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xpresso1 04/05/13 - 08:45 pm
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This makes me sick! I don't

This makes me sick! I don't care if he has an electric monitor or not he should not have been let out. I know innocent until proven guilty but at what cost? Should he be given the opportunity to do this again or maybe something even worse. People who hurt children are the worst kind of monsters.

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THESI LEE 04/06/13 - 03:11 pm
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u r a pedifile. and ppl like

u r a pedifile. and ppl like u make me sick. it scares me to death knowing ppl like that r out on the street preying on innocent children. god sees it all. thank god some1 came forward and got u away from children.

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