San Diego nurses Russel Torralba and Alfredo V. Ruiz might face criminal charges after being caught on video performing sexual acts on each other and the patient.
BY VICTORIA CAVALIERE / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2012, 9:50 AM
Two male registered nurses in San Diego are under investigation after videos showed them apparently engaging in sex acts with an elderly stroke victim.
Two male nurses might face criminal charges after apparently molesting a 98-year-old, bedridden stroke patient.
The state of California is working to yank licenses issued to San Diego nurses Russel Torralba and Alfredo V. Ruiz, XETV reported.
While dressed in blue nurses uniforms, Torralba and Ruiz fondled one another and touched the hand and face of a helpless female patient, home video shows. In one incident, a nurse places the woman’s hand inside his pants, an attorney said.
The video “appears to show very egregious behavior,” Russ Heimerich, a spokesman for the state Department of Consumer Affairs, told the San Diego Union Tribune.“I don’t know if we’ve ever had a case that has a video like this. We are working to shut them down,” he said.
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The nurses might see their licenses permanetly revoked.
The video was one of several shot last year. The patient’s family had installed security cameras in her home to monitor the care provided by private 12-hour shift nurses hired through a company called AMS Home Care Solutions.
“What they saw was horrific,” said family lawyer William Berman of the nurses’ behavior.“These acts are unfathomable.”
The patient, who was not identified, is aware of herself and her surroundings but unable to call for help, Berman said.
The nurses had been hired at a rate of $1,300 a day, U-T San Diego reported.
The San Diego District Attorney’s office is reviewing the case for possible criminal charges, XETV reported.
Torralba and Ruiz have been barred from working as in-home health providers, but are still allowed to work in a hospital setting pending the outcome of a hearing this month.
Both XETV and the Union-Tribune were unable to reach Torralba or Ruiz for comment.
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