Friday, October 10, 2008

Medical health technician charged with sexual abuse

Via Hymes over at Charlottesville Prejudice Rights Watch:

Tacoma, Washington - The News Tribune reports that a 51-year-old man has been charged in connection with the sexual assault of a teenage girl with developmental disabilities at Western State Hospital in Tacoma, Washington. Remarkably, the man, a 51-year-old mental health technician at the state-run psychiatric hospital, had been reported for sexually assaulting female patients twice before, but no criminal charges were laid. Following an investigation prompted by the third woman's allegations of sexual abuse, five criminal accounts have now been filed against him, including charges stemming from the previous two complaints. The man has been released after posting $50,000 bail and will appear in court on November 13 for a pre-trial hearing.

Hymes post, titled "Another day, another sexual assault of a female state hospital paitent ...," is here. Hymes is an advocate for single gender living and personal care options for state hospital patients.