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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- A former employee at Children's Hospital of Georgia has pleaded not guilty to charges he sexually molested patients at the Augusta facility.

Bernard Edwards, 56, entered the plea when he was arraigned in Richmond County Superior Court on Thursday.

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Edwards, who was a mental health technician, is accused of aggravated sexual battery, sexual battery against a hospital patient, and simple battery.

He was fired Jan. 8 for "gross misconduct."

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