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Sons of Dementia Patient Respond to Sexual Misconduct Charge

A 63-year-old man with a form of dementia was charged with first-degree sexual misconduct. His sons say it's not right.

The two sons of John G. Edwards say they're outraged by recent actions taken by the and the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s office.

On Wednesday, a was charged with first-degree sexual misconduct after a police report stated that Edwards touched a woman's breast while standing in line at the on May 30.

Edwards no longer drives. His wife had driven him there and was waiting outside in the car.

Edwards, 63, has been diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia, which causes "progressive deterioration of the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain, and includes among its primary symptoms dramatic personality changes, loss of reasoning faculties, and an inability to control one's impulses," stated Grant Edwards, one of John Edward's sons, in an email to Patch.

“It's inconceivable to me that the prosecutor decided to proceed with a formal charge after verifying the facts of John's terminal brain disease,” he said.

Frontotemporal dementia patients exhibit a loss of inhibition, which can result in socially inappropriate and embarrassing behavior, like shoplifting or laughing at a funeral, stated Matt Edwards, John Edward's other son.

He said that his father has had frontotemporal dementia for more than nine years. Most people survive for eight years with the condition, he said.

There is no cure for frontotemporal dementia, which represents more than 10 percent of all dementia cases and affects nearly 50,000 Americans, according to The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration, a nonprofit organization charged with public education, research and outreach about the illness.

Update:

Maj. Dan Fitzgerald of the Brentwood Police Department said the charge came from the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s office, which has been reached for comment.

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Gary E Holt August 31, 2012 at 03:44 AM
It says his wife drove him there and was waiting outside for him.
Mr. Completely August 31, 2012 at 11:23 AM
We live in a nation of laws. If it was your wife or worse, daughter who was "groped" at the dry cleaners you'd be looking for some justice, or at least some measure of deterrence for other women who are unfortunate enough to encounter this man in a public place. If the sitiation hadn't escalated to where it is now would the guy be on his way to the cleaners, hardware store or gas station this morning groping another woman? IMO the poor mans family dropped the ball, after all this I'd bet it won't happen again.
El September 01, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Has the family gotten a lawyer? My dad has the same thing- families go through complete hell and back and then for the court to do something THAT shameful. This possibly could have been prevented but still .... Justice has not been served!
Julie M. Miller September 06, 2012 at 05:57 PM
You have my sympathies. It's a hard thing to go through, I know, my Dad had the same symptoms before he died. Something to think about...he had been making inappropriate advances toward the nursing home staff. It was brought up at his careplan to put him on a short term regimen of anti-psychotics. I was not amenable to this solution at first because in lots of cases, nursing homes do use anti-psychotics as a pacifier. However, it was explained to me that using one such as Halcyon for a short period of time stops these unwanted personality changes. It worked and he was taken off the anti-psychotics. Something to think about...good luck on your journey. I choose to mine the gems from the last days of my Dad's life rather the dark spots.
Grant Edwards September 17, 2012 at 02:17 PM
I meant to reply earlier, Thomas. THANK YOU for your comments. Best, Grant

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