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Connecticut patient files claim for sexual assault

Connecticut residents typically expect medical professionals to act appropriately when offering their services. For three patients treated at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport, however, the expected standard of care was brought into question regarding their health care experience. Of the three confirmed individuals, one reported being sexually assaulted by a former employee of St. Vincent's Medical Center during the course of their treatment. Hired as a certified nurse's assistant, the man in question is no longer employed at the center and now faces rape and molestation charges. Uncertainty regarding unreported incidents of sexual assault while he was employed at St. Vincent's remains a concern.

The man had been working at the facility since 2011, and it is suspected that he may have molested over 100 patients throughout the course of his employment. One of the alleged victims to come forward has now filed a suit for sexual abuse. He is reportedly seeking over $25 million in damages from the medical facility that employed the nursing assistant. The accused man is expected to return to court on Feb. 4 and is being held on a bond estimated to be over $300,000.

Conviction of sexual assault or abuse can have long-lasting consequences. In addition to potential prison time and extensive fines, one's career may be permanently jeopardized. If the alleged victims decide to pursue civil cases, the accused might also be held liable for punitive damages.

In order to mitigate the fallout of such charges, those in similar situations may find that the assistance of a criminal defense attorney might better prepare them for an impending trial. If the evidence stacked against a defendant is compelling, negotiating a plea bargain with the prosecution may be a viable strategy.

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