published Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Walker County: Healthcare worker gets 3 life sentences

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    Tom Franklin Scroggins Healthcare worker charged with raping an 82-year old patient.

A healthcare worker charged with sexually abusing his 82-year-old male Alzheimer’s patient was sentenced to three life sentences this week.

Tom Scroggins, 36, pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated sodomy, one count of aggravated sexual battery and sexual battery in Walker County Superior Court on Monday.

Scroggins was charged in December after the family of Doyle “Bud” Wilkinson captured Scroggins abusing the man on a camera secretly placed in the home.

Wilkinson, who died in February, was a a veteran and had been bedridden with Alzheimer’s when Scroggins was taking care of him.

Scroggins worked for both ResCare, a home service that contracts with the local Veterans Affairs department, and for Hutcheson Medical Center.

about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press Since 2009, she's covered breaking news, high-profile trials, stories of lost lives and of regained hope and done investigative work. Raised near the Bayou, Joy’s hometown is along the outskirts of Baton Rouge, La. She has a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Louisiana State University. While at LSU, Joy was a staff writer for the Daily Reveille. When Joy isn't chasing ...

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dude_abides said...

The man's survivors should be able to sue Rescare and Hutcheson. If this were my father or grandfather, I would have one goal in my life.

May 24, 2011 at 11:37 p.m.
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