Jenkins County hospital official quits after sexual battery arrest

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Millen, Ga., police arrested a Jenkins County Hospital official today and charged him with sexual battery.

James Alvin Burke, 55, of Lynda Drive in Millen, was charged with misdemeanor sexual battery, according to a jail official at the Jenkins County Sheriff's Office where he was booked about 10:30 a.m.

Mr. Burke bonded out of jail about an hour later with a $1,000 property bond, the jailer said.

Millen Police Chief Dwayne Herrington said the case was still under investigation and he could not release details until possibly next week.

"We just don't want to make any mistakes," he said.

Pete Mills, the hospital's chief executive officer, confirmed this afternoon that Mr. Burke resigned as hospital administrator, effective Thursday.

Mr. Mills also said he was limited in the what he could say, but said the incident involved a female employee.

Mr. Burke was second-in-command at the 25-bed, critical-access hospital and reported to Mr. Mills.

Mr. Burke has been employed at the hospital for at least 10 years, Mr. Mills said.

The hospital is located at 931 East Winthrop Ave. in Millen.

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Nammy
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Nammy 10/03/08 - 01:32 pm
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Ut oh....

Ut oh....

TRUTH01
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TRUTH01 10/03/08 - 03:56 pm
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i am so glad the media has

i am so glad the media has published this story! very few people know the awful details, yet they are choosing sides. the victim here is a wonderful christian young lady that simply came forth with the truth...and she is being punished and humiliated for it. the accused has not denied his wrong act!!! so lets punish him and go on with our lives. please pray for this victim and her family.

ListenAndLearn
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ListenAndLearn 10/03/08 - 06:42 pm
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TRU; let's start with

TRU; let's start with "accused" NOT convicted. That silly little thing in the CONSTITUTION about "innocent until proven guilty". "the accused has not denied his wrong act!!!", your quote; has he admitted it? I read a misdemeanor, couldn't have been as awful as rape. He's out of jail in about an hour with 1k bond. Weak. How is she being "punished and humiliated"? Just asking. "so lets punish him and go on with our lives. please pray for this victim and her family." another quote. So, according to you he's guilty; she's a victim; justice is served without a trial. [filtered word]?

a different drum
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a different drum 10/03/08 - 07:23 pm
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I think Barney Frank could

I think Barney Frank could benefit from the pork added to the bailout bill -- the part that adds mental health coverage to medical insurance as I think he must be delusional.

No_Longer_Amazed
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No_Longer_Amazed 10/03/08 - 08:57 pm
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KK: Mr. Burke QUIT. There is

KK: Mr. Burke QUIT. There is a report today about a Coliseum Authority member who was arrested and charged for a domestic disturbance. I know Mr. Brown will have supporters who say he has only been charged and is not scheduled to appear in Court until October 30, but why doesn't Mr. Brown have the common decency to do the same as Mr. Burke?

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whiteknight85 10/04/08 - 06:46 pm
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How would any of you feel if

How would any of you feel if you where the subject of an unwanted sexual advance? If a heterosexual man, what if homosexual advances where pressed by a male job superior? Investigate the incident and terminate the one found to be in the wrong either accuser or accused. If the accused is found to have had a past pattern of behavior then the hospital is likely
to be civilly liable for not dealing with his actions in the past. Let the actions be found out and the consequences fall where they may.

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justamom 10/06/08 - 01:50 pm
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KK, yes, Mr. Burke HAS

KK, yes, Mr. Burke HAS admitted his guilt, so do not be so quick to defend him. And the victim is being punished and humiliated by those such as the writer of yesterday's comment (which has since been removed) questioning her honesty and motives, and accusing her of trying to ruin the reputation of a "well-respected man." People should wait until all the facts come to light before forming an opinion. Until then they should keep their mouths shut or they soon will be proved a fool.

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