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By Gretchen McPherson
Ledger Staff 

Brewton man faces felony charge


November 14, 2019

A Brewton man who grabbed a medical professional in a sexual manner at West Florida Hospital on Aug. 2 faces a felony battery charge.

Jimmie Wayne Merchant, 38, 604 Snowden Street, was a patient at West Florida Hospital in Pensacola when he allegedly grabbed the groin area of a medical professional, according to an Escambia County (Fla.) Cheriff's Office report.

The victim stated she was leaning out of a patient's doorway to ask another employee for a remote to adjust the television for another patient when Merchant reached underneath and grabbed her vagina and pulled his hand backwards in...

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