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.