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.
Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...