Concerns raised after sexual assault of nursing home patient

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WAYNESBORO, Ga. (WRDW) -- News 12 has received an incident report in the case.

City Manager Jerry Coalson sent it to News 12 Friday afternoon.

Click here to see the incident report.

News 12 at 6 o'clock / Friday, June 28, 2013

WAYNESBORO, Ga. (WRDW) -- Tara Morris' dad just left the Brentwood Health and Rehabilitation nursing home where a man allegedly sodomized a helpless patient on Monday. But just because her father isn't there anymore, doesn't mean she doesn't worry.

"I'm concerned for all the residents that are still there, and not just at that home, but probably numerous homes. You can probably walk into any of them and wander around," Morris said.

So, News 12 tried to walk into the nursing home. Morris said the entry code to the keypad had been taped on the wall outside. When News 12 arrived, there was no number posted.

Three families said codes were posted at the front door, so News 12 asked if that was true, and if so, if they had been taken down since Monday's reported rape.

"I don't know, I can't really discuss that with you, Mr. Lopez," said an employee at the nursing home.

Representatives with the nursing home answered most of the questions News 12 asked, but it wasn't the same case with the Waynesboro Police Department, which is investigating the crime. Police arrested Donnie Moss and charged him with sodomizing a patient.

The incident report, by law, is public record, meaning that not just reporters, but any taxpayer, is entitled to see it. Standing in the way of the law was one of Waynesboro's own law enforcement officers.

After being denied a public report and getting forced out of the building, News 12 was left wondering why no report had been made available after almost five days.

New Chief Augustus Palmer slammed the door in News 12's George Lopez's face as he tried to ask those same questions.

City Manager Jerry Coalson says he also asked why it's taken so long to get the report finalized but promised News 12 would get one soon.

Donnie Moss (WRDW-TV)
Donnie Moss (WRDW-TV)

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