Hospital Worker Charged with Sexual Assault of Patient
We often go to the hospital when we are very sick or injured. We expect that the nurses, doctors and other staff will treat their patients with the highest level of care and respect. Therefore, it can be devastating to find out that a loved one was sexually assaulted by a hospital worker.
This was what happened in Easton, Maryland, when a 35-year-old man assaulted an unconscious patient while working at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center. He was arrested on August 11 and now faces multiple charges, including second-degree rape, second-degree assault, third- and fourth-degree sex offense and abuse of a vulnerable adult.
Police were originally called to the hospital to investigate an incident of theft. A patient allegedly had money stolen from her wallet while undergoing a procedure. The hospital worker was identified as the suspect. It was discovered that he was taking pictures of patients’ credit cards.
Detectives executed several search warrants. They found a video that the man recorded in December 2019. In the video, he was shown sexually assaulting an unconscious patient. Detectives identified the victim and confirmed that the man did in fact assault the patient and record the incident. Besides the sex offenses, the man is also facing charges of theft and drug possession.
The man is no stranger to jail. He has a long arrest record, being charged with various crimes. Most recently, he was charged with assault in July of last year. He is currently in jail without bond.
What is Sexual Assault?
When you think of sexual assault, the first thing that may come to mind is rape, or sex without consent. However, not all cases of sexual assault are considered rape, as rape is typically penetrative sex (penetrating the vagina or anus with a body part or object). Sexual assault may also entail oral sex, fondling or unwanted touching. It could also be attempted rape or forcing a person to perform sex acts against their will.
But what exactly is force? It can be defined as physical pressure, but it does not have to be. It can be psychological or emotional as well. For example, a person can use manipulation, intimidation or threats to coerce someone to have sex with them or engage in other types of sex acts.
While sexual assault can be committed by a stranger, in most cases, the victim and perpetrator know each other. They may be friends, dates, neighbors, co-workers or classmates.
Contact a Maryland Criminal Defense Lawyer Today
Sex crimes are taken very seriously. A person can face felony charges and be required to register as a sex offender. They may spend many years in prison and face shame and embarrassment as they transition to life outside of prison.
You need a strong defense to reduce your charges. Get help right away from the Columbia sex crimes lawyers at The Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, P.A. We have two offices to serve you. Schedule a free consultation today. Fill out the online form or call (410) 774-5987.