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Health Worker Charged With Sex Crime Against Patient

A violation of trust leaves a Rossville family heartbroken after watching hidden-camera video of a home health care worker. Police say it shows the worker sexually violating a bed-ridden, 82-year-old man.

The family called NewsChannel 9 Wednesday because they wanted to share the story out of concern the man now in jail may have violated other vulnerable people.

“I love my daddy, and it’s not supposed to happen to your loved ones,” Wilda Holladay said.

Holladay’s father, 82-year-old Doyle “Bud” Wilkinson, was taken by Walker County paramedics Wednesday afternoon to be checked out at Memorial Hospital. All the years have taken a toll on his body and mind, so he’s confined to a bed in his home.

“Bud” Wilkinson served our country as a decorated Army paratrooper, was a prisoner of war in Korea and came home to serve people in Rossville as assistant fire chief for 20 years.

Now, during the most vulnerable time is his life, his family said they have proof that shows his home health care worker, 36-year-old Tom Franklin Scroggins, physically and sexually abused him.

“Obviously this happens, it’s always happened to the other guy but now it hits home,” son Dimmy Wilkinson said.

Wilkinson’s family said they just learned Wednesday that the man taking care of “Bud” used an alias — they had no idea he was Tom Scroggins until he was booked in the Walker County Jail.

Their suspicions began a few months ago when they noticed bruises on Wilkinson’s head and face. So they took action to see what was going on while they were away and Scroggins was in their home.

“They went out and purchased a ‘nanny cam’ and placed it in the residence to record what was taking place,” according to Rossville Public Safety Director Sid Adams.

Adams said they got the call after the family watched the recorded video.

“It was a very graphic tape, very disturbing tape,” Adams said.

Police and the family said the video shows Scroggins sexually violating Wilkinson.

When we asked Holladay if she thought her father understood or remembers what happened in the video she said “I hope not, for his sake and ours.”

Scroggins is charged with two counts of aggravated sodomy and one count of aggravated sexual battery.

He was working for Rescare Home Care, which is under contract with the Veterans Administration to deliver home health services. Scroggins is also an employee at Hutchinson Medical Center.

Police said as their investigation continues more charges could be filed, especially if they find out there are more victims.

Wednesday evening Pati J. Kelly, Executive Director, NW and NE GA, sent an e-mailed statement saying, “ResCare has just learned of this devastating news. Our hearts go out to the client and the family during this difficult time. We are very concerned and are fully cooperating with the police and their investigation. We hesitate to provide further comment at this time as to not jeopardize the police investigation.”

It, Health Worker Charged With Sex Crime Against Patient extract from News Channel 9

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