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Mental-Health Worker Charged With Sex Offense Against Patient

Posted January 8, 2008
Updated January 9, 2008

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— Police on Tuesday charged a man who worked at the Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities with second-degree sexual offense against a mentally incapacitated person.

They arrested Edward Kenneth Smith of 5041-G Wallingford Drive. They did not identify the victim.

Raleigh police said an employee at the center had entered a client's room Tuesday and found a man who was not authorized to be there. Center officials called police, and investigators later charged Smith, police spokesman Jim Sughrue said.

It was unclear Tuesday night how long Smith had worked at the center.

Smith was arraigned Tuesday evening and ordered held in the Wake County Jail on a $500,000 bond pending a court appearance Wednesday. Smith kept shaking his head as a magistrate read the charge against him.

The charge filed against Smith is an allegation that someone charged under that part of the law "engages in a sexual act " and that the victim " is mentally disabled, mentally incapacitated, or physically helpless, and the person performing the act knows or should reasonably know that the other person is mentally disabled, mentally incapacitated, or physically helpless."

Smith's neighbors told WRAL Tuesday night that the 38-year-old was relatively friendly and kept to himself.

Mary Freeman, president and CEO of the Tammy Lynn Center, said in a statement on Wednesday that the agency is cooperating with the investigation.

"The health and safety of each person who receives services here at the center is our primary focus," she said. "To that end, the person in question is no longer employed here."

Freeman said all prospective employees undergo criminal background and reference checks.

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  • UNC Doc Jan 9, 2008

    "actually not to bother anyone with facts...but areas with porn and legalized working women have lowers rates of sex crimes...not to bother anyone with the facts...lol"

    Please provide a reliable source for these "facts".

  • uncalumni02 Jan 9, 2008

    Will wait for further details...really not much to go on...

  • strolling bones Jan 9, 2008

    actually not to bother anyone with facts...but areas with porn and legalized working women have lowers rates of sex crimes...not to bother anyone with the facts...lol

  • redneckdiva Jan 9, 2008

    thoughts and prayers go out to the family members of the disabled. The victim is clearly the one lying helpless if that is the case here. However, more to the story needs to be told. More info please!

  • TheAdmiral Jan 9, 2008

    It would seem that this fella was trying to reproduce with his own kind - mentally deficient.

  • Coach K is GREAT Jan 9, 2008

    Smith's neighbors told WRAL Tuesday night that the 38-year-old was relatively friendly and kept to himself.

    Perfect Canidate for something this horrible.

  • iamforjustice Jan 9, 2008

    TBK I agree...a little ambiguous to me.

  • UNC Doc Jan 9, 2008

    Uh, Veyor, I highly doubt your daughter was rejected for a job at TLC because of "a speeding ticket 8 years ago". I suggest you dig a little deeper.

    Also , tmedlin makes some great points. It is people who will label people like t-med "prudes" who are (indirectly, at least) partially responsible for the rise of monsters like this.

  • Feisty Redneck Diva - LETS RIDE Jan 9, 2008

    If this is true this is disgusting and I hope he gets the maximum sentence.

  • St Ives Jan 9, 2008

    Had a tenant once who worked at Springmoor Retirement Community. Had a funny feeling about her and did a quick background check and found arrest for prostituion and drug use. I wondered why a place as nice as Springmoor did not do a check, only took me two minutes.

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