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Detroit Free Press from Detroit, Michigan · Page 10

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Sunday, October 6, 1985
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1 0A DETROIT FREE PRESSSUNDAY, OCT. 6, 1985 lailey's former doctor transferred &AILEY, from Page 1A fjot substantiate allegations of a sexual ijjielationship between Tombo and the Jijiale patient, a State Police report of an Investigation into the allegations said me sex acts occurred. In an interview Uoe Tombo last week, the patient said Tombo performed a sex act on him at an outpatient clinic run by Northville. A warrant request from the State Police charging Tombo with criminal sexual conduct was Jfrnied by the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office because there was evidence lis at the patient may have consented to fre acts. i The Mental Health Department said has no reports concerning Tombo and Qiiley. 5 Bailey, 26, is charged with kidnaping and murdering Shawn Moore, 13, who was kidnapped Aug. 31 as he rode lijs bicycle near his Brighton home. Jkii ley also is a suspect in the June 1984 Jtldnapping and slaying of 14-year-old jCenneth Myers of Ferndale and the abduction and sexual assault of a 15-year-old Livonia boy the same month, jay people close to the investigation. ; The Mental Health Department began a review of Bailey's treatment at Northville Regional Psychiatric Hospital after a group of employes and former employes of the hospital charged that Tombo had sexual relationships with at least three patients, including Bailey, between 1976 and J 980 and that the hospital administration whitewashed the incidents. Mental Health Director C. Patrick Babcock decided to transfer Tombo from a unit that treats male patients to unit for female patients in the same building to avoid possible future problems with other patients, said a mental health official. The official discussed details of the department's actions on the condition that he not be identified. j ASKED RECENTLY about the allegations concerning himself and Bailey, Tombo said he could neither "confirm nor deny," them. "No, I can't discuss that. Those are private things and confidential. "Even-one is free to make accusations and express their opinion if that is what they feel, but I have no comment, no reaction," he said. ! "There are always two sides to the j s'ory and you have to prove what you accuse people of." Bailey's father said Saturday that Tombo took Bailey on a daylong trip to Windsor in 1977. Al Bailey said his son never told his parents anything unusu-tl about Tombo and he doesn't know if the allegations made by Northville employes are true. ' "I suspected nothing" unusual about the Windsor trip, Al Bailey said. I assumed (Tombo) was trying to understand what (Ronald) would be like around other people, other than at the hospital." ; Ronald Bailey's attorneys, Charles Murphy and Raymond Cassar, said they are arranging independent psychiatric testing of Bailey to determine fc;s competence to stand trial and for a possible insanity defense based on his treatment at Northville. Bailey was Dluntarily committed to Northville in 1976 after he pleaded guilty but men-tiiiy ill to kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 15-year-old Dearborn Heights boy in a Livonia field. ; Al Eailey said Tombo was his son's jriy doctor at Northville and that Ronald, his parents and the doctor participated in weekly hour-long counseling sessions. . TOMBO "told us a lot of things ioout our son that we didn't know," Al 3oiiey said. "We would try to find out a hat Ron's feelings were, just try to -t him to open up so he would learn to xnmunicate with us. "He began to open up about his jttitude toward things, but not about iris sexual problems. We always got that information directly from the doc-:rr. "The doctor said I was at fault in t xe areas," Al Bailey said. "He also thought my wife was overly cautious .vith my son in any of his relationships, especially with girls." Al Bailey said he received a phone till from Tombo three days after Ron-aid's arrest in Florida on Sept. 16. Tombo "wanted to discuss his analysis of Ron and refresh us with some of his thoughts that were given to us at the time of Ron's release" from Northville. Al Bailey said. The elder Bailey said he was in no condition to talk with Tombo at that j time. When they attempted to arrange : a meeting, Al Bailey said, Tombo said didn't want to come to my neigh- 1 borhood because he didn't want to be : seen by my neighbors. j : Al Bailey said he arranged to meet ' Tombo at his attorneys' office in Far-mington Hills. . At the meeting. Tombo produced a j cf'py of a newsletter detailing allega- : t sons about a sexual relationship be- teen him and Ronald Bailey. That j newsletter had been distributed at j Northville hospital by a group of dissi- : cent employes and former employes. "The doctor showed me a copy of it and he said, 'This is all a lie,' " Al Bailey j slid. "He said that he didn't have any j relationship with Ron other than the . trip that's been mentioned to Canada, i which he wanted me to keep quiet." I Tombo was suspended for six days in 1980 for having an "inappropriate" relationship with a male patient on his ward, according to the Mental Health Department documents. According to the documents, Tombo admitted he had given the patient money to repair his car, bought him lunches and loaned him his personal car. Mental health officials reported they could not substantiate the sexual allegations, but the patient told the Free Press last week that Tombo had performed a sex act on him three times at an out-patient clinic in Detroit run by Northville hospital. The 1980 State Police report on the alleged incident was not seen by the hospital officials then investigating Tombo, the mental health official said, adding that the report was obtained last week. If the report had been reviewed in 1980, Tombo might have been disciplined more harshly, the official said. Tombo was suspended for six days and transferred out of the Young Adult Unit. Al Bailey said that when his son was released from Northville in October 1977, he believed Tombo and other hospital staff members had done a good job treating his son. Al Bailey said his son, whom he visits twice weekly in Livingston County Jail, is worried, Al Bailey said he and his wife have received more than 100 cards and letters of support from strangers.. 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