published Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Walker County: Healthcare worker gets 3 life sentences

  • photo
    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 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 ...

Comments do not represent the opinions of the Chattanooga Times Free Press, nor does it review every comment. Profanities, slurs and libelous remarks are prohibited. For more information you can view our Terms & Conditions and/or Ethics policy.
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.
please login to post a comment

Other National Articles

videos »         

photos »         

e-edition »


Find a Business

400 East 11th St., Chattanooga, TN 37403
General Information (423) 756-6900
Copyright, Permissions, Terms & Conditions, Privacy Policy, Ethics policy - Copyright ©2014, Chattanooga Publishing Company, Inc. All rights reserved.
This document may not be reprinted without the express written permission of Chattanooga Publishing Company, Inc.