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Keun Lee Aventura Doctor

Doctor In Training Arrested For Sexually Abusing Patient At Aventura Hospital

On Wednesday, December 23, 2021, Dr. Keun Lee surrendered to New jersey police to face allegations that he sexually assaulted a patient during exams at Aventura Hospital over two years ago.

Keun Lee, age 29, was charged with two counts of sexual battery and was awaiting extradition in jail in Bergen, New Jersey. Last week, he made a deal in court that allowed him to post bond in exchange for agreeing to fly to Miami and surrender. He was booked into the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center on Wednesday on two counts of sexual battery.

According to Florida records, Lee’s medical license was issued in 2018 but lapsed in 2020. At the time of the incident in 2019, Lee was a medical-school graduate and resident (doctor in training) at Aventura Hospital, located at 20900 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, FL 33180. 

According to the arrest warrant, the victim was a 23-year-old woman who was admitted to Aventura Hospital with a severe leg injury on July 8, 2019. After surgery, she spent more than a week recovering in the hospital. By July 17, 2019, she was under the care of psychiatrist, Dr. Robert Vassal and Dr. Keun Lee, his resident in training. 

The arrest warrant stated that Vassal and Lee briefly met with the patient in the morning, but Lee returned later that afternoon to “examine” her. The victim told police that Lee used his bare hand to assault her. She also reported that Lee returned the next day and asked her inappropriate questions about her sex life. The victim stated that Lee appeared overly intrigued and then said she needed another “exam.” Lee then allegedly sexually attacked her again, the warrant said.

According to media reports, Aventura detectives stated that none of the “exams” were recorded in her medical file. They also confirmed the timeline after reviewing video surveillance of the doctor entering her room alone and corroborated the victim’s story. The patient’s surgeon and Vassal confirmed to police that Lee would have no reason to have multiple 40-minute long private visits with the patient or be conducting any physical examinations on her. After the case was reported to Aventura police, detectives tried calling Lee, but investigators learned that he fled to his native South Korea in April 2021, and returned to New Jersey in July 2021.

Aventura Hospital released the following statement that Lee was let go:

“Patient safety is at the center of everything we do at Aventura Hospital. This individual is no longer employed with us and we have and will continue to assist law enforcement with its investigation of this individual. Our concern continues to be for the victim, and we offer our support to her and her family.”

Finding the right medical provider can be challenging. We seek out seasoned professionals who possess a good bedside manner, compassion, and empathy.  When we do finally decide on one, we hope to feel better over time, not be violated by the very person with whom we place our trust. Doctors hold a position of power in the physician-patient relationship under Florida law.  It is both unacceptable and unlawful for a healthcare professional to touch a patient in any sexual manner or practice any sexual misconduct while treating the patient.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against medical professionals on behalf of patients who were inappropriately touched in their care.  Under no circumstances is a doctor or nurse permitted to have sexual contact with a patient.  If you have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery at a medical office or facility, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.

Michael Wheatley Palm Beach EMT

Lawsuit Filed Against Lakeside Medical Center in Palm Beach County for Sexual Misconduct

On December 16, 2021, Horowitz Law filed a lawsuit in Palm Beach County Circuit Court against Lakeside Medical Center due to sexual misconduct by an emergency medical technician, Michael Wheatley, while on duty at the hospital.  Lakeside Medical Center is located at 39200 Hooker Hwy, Belle Glade, FL 33430. Michael Wheatley received his  EMT license with the Department of Health in 2001.

Allegations in the Complaint

According to the client, on January 5, 2018, he was admitted at Lakeside Medical Center due to numbness of the neck and symptoms of a stroke. 

The victim reported to the hospital that he was sexually assaulted by the EMT on duty, Michael Wheatley. He stated that he went to the emergency room due to numbness in his neck and shoulders and was treated by Wheatley, who held himself out to be a nurse. The victim stated that Wheatley was dressed in scrubs and entered the victim’s treatment room. Wheatley began making small talk, saying they had the same birthday and asking questions regarding his medical history. Wheatley requested the patient to take his shirt off, and Wheatley began massaging the patient’s stomach and then back. Assuming this was just part of the assessment, he obliged. Wheatley then told the patient his back felt tight and that he should come to his house some time for a proper massage. The victim replied with “excuse me?’ and Wheatly explained it was one of his specialties. He then told the victim to lay face down on the bed with his arms out and eyes closed. Wheatly then slid the patient’s shorts down, exposing his penis. The patient noticed Wheatley staring at his genitals, and he immediately pulled his shorts back up. He then told the patient to go into another room to get hooked up to a heart rate monitor. After a nurse took his vitals, Wheatley entered the room again. He began asking the patient about his use of Viagra and asked personal and inappropriate questions about it and how “hard” it made him. The patient didn’t reply. Wheatley then asked him for a urine sample. The patient felt his shorts get pulled down and Wheatley’s ungloved hand holding his penis to aid in getting him to urinate.

Wheatley was arrested on April 22, 2019 on sexual battery charges. 

Prior to being hired by Lakeside, Wheatley had been accused of sexually assaulting at least one other male at a previous place of employment, a group home in Lantana, Florida. According to media reports, in 2018, Wheatley was accused of raping a teen at the group home 13 years prior.   That investigation began in March 2018 after the Lakeside report was filed against Wheatley. According to police, Wheatley worked as a group counselor at the home and performed oral sex on a 15-year-old boy, then raped him. Wheatley reportedly confessed to the police, saying the allegations made were true and the boy reported it to the facility at the time of the incident. No actions took place then. He was finally arrested after the Lakeside incident.

A reasonable investigation by Lakeside Human Resources into the fitness of Wheatley’s employment history would have involved an adequate background check of Wheatley, including, but not limited to, checking references, employment history, and public records and/or interview of Wheatley and contacting prior employers.  Lakeside breached its duty of care because it knew or should have known that Wheatley had a history of sexual misconduct and/or that he was otherwise unfit to work in an emergency room setting with patients. 

Michael Wheatley’s Current Status

At this time, Michael Wheatley has been arrested twice and charged both times with sexual assault and battery. He pleadd guilty and was sentenced to 5 years probation and is a registered sex offender in Florida.

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Finding the right medical provider can be challenging. We seek out seasoned professionals who possess a good bedside manner, compassion, and empathy. When we do finally decide on one, we hope to feel better over time, not be violated by the very person with whom we place our trust. It is both unacceptable and unlawful for a healthcare professional to touch a patient in any sexual manner or practice any sexual misconduct while treating the patient. We also expect hospitals and employees of healthcare professionals to due their background checks and due diligence when hiring staff to treat patients.

All EMT/Paramedics in Florida are licensed by the Florida Department of Health. If your EMT or any healthcare provider makes any sexual contact with you, it violates professional ethics and may be a crime. In addition to reporting misconduct to law enforcement, if this incident occurs in Florida, you can also file a complaint with the Department of Health at this website: https://www.flhealthcomplaint.gov 

Horowitz Law has handled numerous sexual abuse cases involving abuse by healthcare professionals. If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted by a physician or at a doctor’s office or hospital, it is important to have experienced legal counsel. We are experienced in handling cases involving sexual assault by doctors and other medical personnel. If you have a been a victim of sexual assault by a doctor in a hospital or medical office, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (954) 641-2100 or send an email to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com 

Palm Coast Social Worker Robert Batie Loses License After Abusing Minor Patient

Robert Neal Batie Horowitz Law

 Florida Department of Health Suspends Clinical Social Worker’s License After Sex Abuse Complaint

On October 13, 2021, Florida’s Department of Health ordered the emergency suspension of Robert Batie’s license to practice as a clinical social worker in state. The emergency suspension comes two months after Robert Batie was arrested and criminally charged on counts of molesting and raping a 16-year-old client.

“Mr. Batie’s conduct of sexually assaulting a minor patient under his care, who trusted him to act professionally and in their best interest, indicates that he is unable to practice as a clinical social worker with reasonable skill and safety to patients,” the Department of Health said in its emergency suspension order.   Given the nature of the abuse and Batie’s conduct, the Department of Health labeled Batie’s behavior “an immediate, serious danger to the public health” and decided against allowing him to keep his license with restrictions.

Factual Background

Robert Neal Batie Horowitz LawAt the time of the assault, Robert Batie was a clinical social worker at Palm Coast Counseling, LLC., located at 1 Hargrove Grade, Unit A, Palm Coast, FL. Licensed since 2017, Batie says he has more than a decade’s worth of experience in the helping profession.

According to police records, the victim’s school referred them to Palm Coast Counseling to treat generalized anxiety. Batie met with the victim alone for approximately eleven sessions, each lasting about one hour. During those sessions, police reports indicate Batie engaged “in a course of conduct that could be interpreted as grooming.” Towards the end of the victim’s treatment with Batie, reports revealed that Batie spoke to the victim in a suggestive manner.  Florida’s Department of Health says Batie wrote in the treatment notes that the patient was dressed in a “seductive manner” a day before the assault.

Robert Batie’s Assault on the Victim and Attempted Concealment

On June 28, during the victim’s last therapy session with Robert Batie before he began working at AZA Health, Batie made inappropriate sexual comments and continued to escalate his sexual advances. Reports say Batie positioned himself behind the victim and asked them questions about their sexuality.

Batie also forced the victim to perform and receive oral sex. When the assault ended, Batie warned the victim not to tell anyone because Batie could get into “big trouble” since he was an adult and the victim was a minor. The victim reported the assault to their guardians, who later reported the abuse to the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office. The victim also preserved their underclothes and other garments and gave them to the police.

Robert Batie’s Charges and Subsequent Arrest

Robert Batie was arrested at his job in early August and subsequently charged with one count of sexual battery on a victim 12-18 by a person in custodial authority, two counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor, and one count of sexual misconduct by a psychotherapist.  According to law enforcement, Batie admitted to each act of unlawful sexual activity, as well as his awareness that the victim was a minor. Batie was later held at the Volusia County Branch Jail before his transfer to the Flagler County jail.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against medical professionals on behalf of patients who were inappropriately touched in their care.  Under no circumstances is a doctor or nurse permitted to have sexual contact with a patient.  If you have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery at a medical office or facility, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.

 

Ricardo Cruciani Horowitz Law

Sexual Abuse Lawsuits Against Former Neurologist Dr. Ricardo Cruciani and Hospitals that Employed Him

In 2017, Dr. Ricardo Cruciani, a neurologist, faced a total of 30 criminal counts after admitting to sexually abusing multiple women after prescribing them obscene dosages of opioids and pain medications. More than 17 women in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania accuse him of sexual misconduct. 

According to news reports, Dr. Cruciani was finally charged with sexual assault in Pennsylvania. Cruciani pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting seven patients while he was chairman of Drexel University’s neurology department. He reached a plea deal and was sentenced to seven years of probation, had his medical license revoked, and was forced to register as a sex offender. Although he still faced criminal charges in New York and New Jersey, Cruciani was released from custody on $1 million bail.

In October 2021, a new lawsuit was filed in New Jersey and civil suits in New York and Pennsylvania by the seven former patients of Cruciani. The new suit seeks liability from the former doctor and the hospitals and institutions that employed him over his 35-year tenure. These include Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, Drexel University in Pennsylvania, and Capital Health System in New Jersey.

The suits claim hospital administrators and staff members ignored multiple reports that Cruciani addicted vulnerable women to pain medications they didn’t need and sexually abused his patients. The suit claims that these institutions looked the other way and allowed Cruciani to quietly change jobs — never warning other hospitals, state authorities, or the police about the allegations. This negligence enabled Cruciani to continue his predatory behavior and add more victims to his list.

Each of thes victims suffered from severe pain due to various medical conditions and sought help from Dr. Cruciani due to his pristine reputation for pain management. They all claim that he was charming, personable, and seemed to really care. 

He prescribed potent opioids, increasing dosages monthly, and added medications, so the patient was “doped up” and addicted. They say he used his prescription pad to manipulate women in pain, pave the way to addiction and exploit their dependency for sex. Mr. Cruciani never had a chaperone in the room when he saw female patients. He also resisted their requests to have a nurse or companion present and even locked the door while in treatment.

One of the victims, Tanisha Johnson, stated that she became dependent on the drugs and that Cruciani became more aggressive during each visit. She claimed he groped her, masturbated in front of her, and forced her to perform oral sex on him. When she resisted, he withheld refills of her prescriptions, leaving her in withdrawal. Ms. Johnson said she was prescribed a concoction of more than 1,300 pain pills a month at one point.

Complaints from multiple patients mounted, but Cruciani managed to transfer from job to job, securing positions at hospitals in three states over the course of a decade. Johnson’s husband stated in an interview that he called the patient advocate’s office at Capital Health and described the assaults but never got a response.

A statement issued by Drexel University said that Mr. Cruciani was terminated in March 2017 after complaints from patients prompted an internal investigation that substantiated their claims. The statement said that the university notified licensing authorities in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and cooperated with police investigations.

However, Drexel officials pointed the finger at the other hospitals for failing to take action or to warn them. “Drexel hired Cruciani after conducting a thorough background check, as is done with all potential employees, that did not reveal any improper or illegal conduct. Mr. Cruciani had practiced medicine for more than 35 years at several other hospitals. None of these hospitals ever notified Drexel about Cruciani’s conduct.” the statement said. 

This case illustrates failures that permeate oversight of the medical profession, in which physicians wield enormous power within hospitals, misconduct is underreported, and institutional employers have zero accountability. 

Finding the right medical provider can be challenging. We seek out seasoned professionals who possess a good bedside manner, compassion, and empathy.  When we do finally decide on one, we hope to feel better over time, not be violated by the very person with whom we place our trust. Doctors hold a position of power in the physician-patient relationship. It is both unacceptable and unlawful for a healthcare professional to touch a patient in any sexual manner or practice any sexual misconduct while treating the patient.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against medical professionals on behalf of patients who were inappropriately touched in their care.  Under no circumstances is a doctor or nurse permitted to have sexual contact with a patient.  If you have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery at a medical office or facility, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.

Raul Davila Horowitz Law

Fort Myers Doctor Raul Davila Accused of Sexual Abuse of Three Patients

On August 17, 2021, Dr. Raul David Davila was arrested in Lee County on one sexual battery and two battery charges for allegedly touching three of his female patients inappropriately during treatment. Davila was arrested and then released from Lee County Jail on a $30,000 bond. Raul Davila, a pain-management doctor, has his own private practice located at 8192 College Pkwy, Suite A18 in Fort Myers, FL 33919. He has been a licensed medical doctor in Florida since 1999. 

According to media reports, three alleged victims came forward to law enforcement reporting that Dr. Davila, age 66, inappropriately touched them during treatment for pain management. All three victims claim that they have been patients of Davila for over a year before the incidents occurred. 

Lee County Sheriff’s Office released a statement that one victim went for her regularly scheduled appointment with Davila on July 6, 2021. She claims Davila used a “massage gun” on her back while laying face-down on her stomach. Davila allegedly touched her inappropriately using his hands and the massage gun. The victim reacted to the inappropriate touching by telling Davila “no” and leaving the room. She was then brought into another room by Davila, where he asked her to keep what happened a secret. The report states that Davila said he blamed her for the incident because she “is so beautiful.”

The second victim told police officers that on January 13, 2021, she saw Davila for her monthly appointment. She claims that he withheld her medications until she sat on his lap. After doing so, Davila allegedly rubbed his hands on her back, down to her buttocks, and inside her underwear.

A third victim accused Davila of pulling down her pants, exposing her underwear, and pulling down the side of her shirt, exposing one of her breasts on March 11, 2020. The patient stated that the visit started as normal. She paid $200 in cash at check-in, had her vitals taken by a front desk worker, and then was escorted into a room to meet Davila to stretch. The victim claims that Davila told her not to tell anyone that he touches her because, technically, he isn’t a licensed physical therapist. She said that she had been a patient of Davila’s for about a year without issue, but that visits became increasingly inappropriate.

In July, police obtained a search warrant for Davila’s Fort Myers office. Two computers and Davila’s cell phone were brought into evidence. Davila also gave a DNA sample via mouth swab to investigators after they received a warrant. During the investigation, a detective learned about a 2013 battery incident that Davila was a suspect in at a health practice in Fort Myers. 

Laura Streyffeler, a licensed mental health counselor, stated. “It’s so far beyond inappropriate. It’s egregious behavior. Just because somebody has alphabet soup next to their name or higher education doesn’t make them immune to illegal, inappropriate, and really horrific behaviors.” 

As of today, Davila’s medical license remains active.

Finding the right medical provider can be challenging. We seek out seasoned professionals who possess a good bedside manner, compassion, and empathy.  When we do finally decide on one, we hope to feel better over time, not be violated by the very person with whom we place our trust. Doctors hold a position of power in the physician-patient relationship under Florida law.  It is both unacceptable and unlawful for a healthcare professional to touch a patient in any sexual manner or practice any sexual misconduct while treating the patient.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against medical professionals on behalf of patients who were inappropriately touched in their care.  Under no circumstances is a doctor or nurse permitted to have sexual contact with a patient.  If you have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery at a medical office or facility, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.

FLORIDA SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST DR. CLINTON SIMS FACING SEX ABUSE CLAIM

Dr. Clinton Sims Has License Restricted By Department of Health

Clinton SimsOn May 5, 2021, the Florida Department of Health ordered the emergency restriction of the license of Clermont school psychologist, Dr. Clinton Eugene Sims. The order restricts Sims from working as a school psychologist in the State of Florida. It alleges that he had sex with a patient who was a former student he counseled at Montverde Academy. Sims received his license to practice as a school psychologist in September 2004. He has a right to appeal the emergency order, which prohibits him from practicing with female clients.

According to the order, Sims started counseling the 15-year old girl in February 2016 when she was a student at Montverde Academy. Despite later transferring from the school, the girl continued treatment with Sims in his private office through 2020. In 2019, Sims allegedly told her that he thought she was attractive, and sent her multiple sexually explicit messages. The state alleges that Sims had sex with her in December 2020 and January 2021.  

Florida law allows the state surgeon general to restrict a health care provider’s license upon a finding that the person poses an immediate danger to public health, safety, or welfare.  The order said, “Dr. Sims’ actions and disregard for the health of Patient show that he does not have the judgment or moral character to hold a position of power and trust. Dr. Sims’ blatant disregard for the laws and rules regulating his profession indicates that this behavior is likely to continue.”   The state’s disciplinary action to restrict Sims’ license limits his opportunity to endanger the public’s health, welfare and safety.

Finding the right mental health care provider can be challenging. We seek out seasoned medical professionals who possess a good bedside manner, compassion and empathy.  When we do finally decide on one, we hope to feel better over time, not be violated by the very person with whom we place our trust. Doctors hold a position of power in the physician-patient relationship under Florida law.  It is both unacceptable and unlawful for a healthcare professional to touch a patient in any sexual manner or practice any sexual misconduct while treating the patient.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against medical professionals on behalf of patients who were inappropriately touched in their care.  Under no circumstances is a doctor or nurse permitted to have sexual contact with a patient.  If you have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery at a medical office or facility, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.

Benjermen Darlon Valladares Horowitz Law

Tampa Nurse Benjermen Valladares is Arrested For Sexual Battery on Patient

On May 8, 2021, Benjermen Valladares was arrested on sexual battery charges in Hillsborough County, Florida.  Benjermen Valladares is a nurse and the arrest was made in connection with a report that was made by one of his female patients in the emergency room at Tampa General Hospital, located at 1 Tampa General Cir, Tampa, FL 33606.  Benjermen Darlon Valladares, age 41, has been a registered nurse in Florida since 2006 and currently resides in Seffner, Florida. 

According to the Complaint, the sexual assault occurred after a female patient at Tampa General went to the ER mid-afternoon on May 8, 2021, for what she thought were COVID symptoms.  Valladares was assigned to her case and reportedly told the patient that he needed to examine her in private. According to the report, Valladares took her into the bathroom, put on gloves with lubricant, and began sexual assaulting the patient.  He allegedly got down on his knees, stuck his fingers inside of her vagina, and rubbed her chest. The patient asked Valladares what he was doing and immediately told him to stop. She left the bathroom and reported the incident to another nurse on staff. That nurse then called the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, who then made the arrest. Valladares was released on a $25,000 bond on May 11.

It is unacceptable, immoral, and unlawful for any hospital employee to touch a patient in a sexual manner.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against nurses and doctors on behalf of clients who were sexually assaulted at hospitals, private practices, and rehab centers. If you have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery under the care of a healthcare provider, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.

Yadiel Perez Delgado Horowitz Law

Hialeah Psychiatric Hospital Technician Yadiel Perez Delgado Arrested on Sexual Battery of Patient

On Monday, May 10, 2021, Yadiel Perez Delgado, age 34, has been arrested and charged with sexual battery. Perez Delgado, a mental health hospital technician, is accused of raping a female patient on May 10, 2021 at Southern Winds Hospital, located at 4225 W 20th Ave, Hialeah, FL 33012.

The alleged victim reported the abuse to another hospital staff member, who then called the Hialeah Police.  According to the police report, the victim was alone in her room, she walked into her bathroom, and she noticed Perez Delgado entering the room, partially closing the door.

Perez Delgado allegedly then walked into the bathroom, held the patient down, and forcibly raped her. She claims that he stopped when her roommate walked into the room. The arrest report states that Perez Delgado denied raping the woman but admitted to digitally penetrating her, which he claimed was consensual. After reviewing the surveillance video, Hialeah police arrested Perez Delgado on charges of sexual battery, false imprisonment, and sexual misconduct in a mental health facility. 

The alleged victim informed the detectives of another incident involving inappropriate touching on a different patient by Perez Delgado, which the Hialeah Police Department says they are also investigating.

Perez Delgado has been a mental health technician at Southern Winds for about six weeks, and it was his job to check on his patients every 15 minutes. “Under no circumstances was he allowed to close the door; they aren’t supposed to close the bedroom door while in a patient’s room doing their job,” stated the chief nursing officer. Southern Winds CEO, Ana Bovo, released a statement saying that Perez-Delgado had been fired.

According to the Florida Department of Health’s license verification site, Yadiel Perez Delgado isn’t listed as a Florida licensed medical professional.

If you or someone you know has been subjected to sexual misconduct by a physician or at a doctor’s office or hospital, it is important to have experienced legal counsel. We are experienced in handling cases involving sexual assault by doctors and other medical personnel. If you have been a victim of sexual assault by a doctor in a hospital or medical office, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (954) 641-2100 or send an email to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com 

Capt. Stanley Patrick Weber

Indian Health Services Strips Pension From Former Pine Ridge Doctor Stanley Weber

Captain Stanley Weber

IHS Removes Doctor’s Pension After He Is Sentenced For Child Sexual Abuse

Justice prevails as Indian Health Services (IHS) announced Tuesday, March 16, 2021, that they are stripping federal pension and benefits from Retired Capt. Stanley Patrick Weber, a former Pine Ridge, South Dakota doctor, was sentenced for child abuse in 2019.

According to a press release from U.S. South Dakota Representative Dusty Johnson’s office, the decision was made following the completion of a review by the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Board of Inquiry.  State representatives urged the IHS to do an expedited review of Dr. Stanley Weber’s heinous crimes. Weber’s pension was estimated to be over $100,000 a year. “It’s disturbing someone like Mr. Weber would continue to receive a federal pension after what he put so many innocent children through,” stated Johnson. “I’m grateful HHS, and IHS took my request seriously and revoked his pension. There’s not much solace to offer in a situation like this, but I hope everyone rests easier knowing this monster isn’t receiving a government check every month and is behind bars where he belongs. A little more justice was served today.”

In 2019, Weber was convicted of multiple felony charges of aggravated sexual assault of minors while serving as an officer for the U.S. Public Health Service and assigned to IHS in Browning, Montana, from 1992 to 1995. He is serving an 18-year prison sentence after being found guilty of four sexual abuse crimes on the Blackfeet Reservation.

A Wall Street Journal/Frontline investigation uncovered that Weber abused patients for decades and that the IHS failed to protect Native American boys from abuse.  Accusations about Weber sexually abusing boys was known among his IHS co-workers, patients, and the Browning community. Additionally, the investigation found that “the IHS repeatedly missed or ignored warning signs, tried to silence whistleblowers and allowed Mr. Weber to continue treating children despite the suspicions of colleagues up and down the chain of command.

Horowitz Law is experienced in representing Native Americans sexually abused by federal government employees.  We are also experienced in handling cases involving sexual assault by doctors and other medical personnel. If you are Native American sexually assaulted by a federal government, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (954) 641-2100 or send an email to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com 

Hiram Antonio Bonilla Horowitz Law

Florida Health Dept. Issues Emergency Order Against Nurse For Sexual Misconduct

On March 4, 2021, the Florida Department of Health issued an Order of Emergency Restriction of Hiram Antonio Bonilla’s license to work as a registered nurse following disturbing allegations that he sexual assault a female hospital patient.  Bonilla  admitted to acts of sexual misconduct with a female patient, which led to his arrest in January 2021.  Hiram Bonilla has been a Registered Nurse in Florida since 2002.

The alleged sexual misconduct occurred while Bonilla was working as a nurse at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness, Florida located at 502 W Highland Blvd, Inverness, FL 34452.  According to the Florida Department of Health, on January 5, 2021, Mr. Bonilla was assigned to care for a 67-year-old woman at Citrus Memorial Hospital. The victim was admitted to the hospital for emergency care due to increased swelling in her legs and severe abdominal pain. During his shift, Bonilla reportedly entered the victim’s hospital room on several occasions and engaged in sexual activity with her while she was heavily medicated.

According to the Emergency Order and Arrest Affidavit filed on January 11, 2021, Hiram Bonilla began engaging with the victim with basic small talk while examining her that eventually turned sexual. The victim claims that Bonilla told her that he bets she is good at performing oral sex. Throughout her entire interaction with Bonilla, he would often enter her room and exit her room, performing sexual acts on her according to the Order. He would notify the victim of the medical treatment he was providing to her, but then he would transition to talking with her about sexual acts, which he would later perform on her.

The victim recalled at one point that the suspect entered her room, grabbed her hand, and used her hand to rub his penis over his pants. Bonilla began to fondle himself and groped the victim on her vagina with her legs closed over her clothing according to law enforcement records.  The alleged victim further advised that she recalls Bonilla entering her room to place a monitor on her chest. After undressing the victim, Bonilla informed her that she had “nice breasts” and asked her if he could suck on them, which he did.

Furthermore, while sucking on the victim’s breasts, Bonilla allegedly rubbed the victim’s vagina over her leggings several times. At one point, Bonilla allegedly said to the victim that he wanted to perform oral sex on her and that he wanted it reciprocated. The victim indicated Bonilla exposed his penis to her and asked her to “suck it .” Feeling obligated that she had to, she began to perform oral sex on Bonilla.

The alleged victim stated that she was administered morphine by Bonilla’s request several times throughout her stay, making her groggy and unable to move or call for help. She filed a report the next day, and Bonilla was arrested and charged with three counts of lewd and lascivious battery against an elderly person in Citrus County on January 11, 2021.

According to the arrest affidavit, Bonilla admitted to inserting his penis in the victim’s mouth several times, sucking on her breasts, and covering the windows to conceal his acts.

According to the Order, by his own admission, Bonilla willfully abused his position as a nurse to sexually violate a vulnerable, elderly patient who trusted him with her health. Mr. Bonilla is not able to meet the minimal standards of acceptable and prevailing nursing practices required of a nurse. The misconduct is a blatant violation of his patients, and he poses a danger to the health, safety, or welfare of the patient’s under his care.

It is rarely pleasant going to a doctor or seeing a nurse, but when we do, we should be able to feel confident they’ll help us to feel better, not violate us.  We seek out seasoned medical professionals who possess a good bedside manner, compassion and empathy. We believe the doctors and nurses at the office are carefully vetted, trustworthy and safe. It is unacceptable for any healthcare professional, including doctors or nurses, to touch a patient in any sexual manner or practice any sexual misconduct while on the job.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against medical professionals on behalf of patients who were inappropriately touched in their care.  Under no circumstances is a doctor or nurse permitted to have sexual contact with a patient.  If you have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery at a medical office or facility, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.