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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.

Florida Pediatrician Arrested on Federal Child Pornography Possession To Be Held Without Bond

Dr. Michael Mizrachy Detained on Federal Child Pornography Possession Charge

Dr. Michael Mizrachy Horowitz Law sexual

In a hearing held on Monday, March 1, 2021, Dr. Michael Mizrachy, a pediatrician in Broward County, was ordered pre-trial detention and is to remain in custody without bond pending his federal trial on federal child pornography charges. If convicted on the federal charge, Mizrachy faces up to 20 years in prison. Mizrachy also faces a pending state criminal case in connection with the alleged conduct. 

In June 2020, investigators with the Broward Sheriff’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) were sent a tip alleging that Dr. Mizrachy, then employed at West Broward Pediatrics, may be in possession of and possibly distributing child pornography. Mizrachy has been a licensed pediatrician in Florida since 2000. He last worked for West Broward Pediatrics. At a preliminary hearing, Mizrachy was ordered not to have contact with minors.

In October 2020, detectives obtained a search warrant for Mizrachy’s home in Parkland. They discovered that Dr. Mizrachy used an app, KIK, to chat with a child who was 15 years old and that the chats included sexually explicit photographs. Further investigation revealed that the other photos of the children located within Mizrachy’s accounts were of his daughters’ friends at his home. These photos included the children’s clothed private parts. Most of the children appeared to be between the ages of 13 and 15, and one of them was ten years old.

Attorney Adam Horowitz continues to advocate for the Florida Department of Heath to restrict the professional licenses of health care professionals when they are accused of sexual crimes.  Allowing such practitioners access to patients needlessly endangers the public.

If you or someone you know was subject to sexual abuse or other sexual misconduct by a pediatrician or other health care professional, 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 

Lamon Bibbs Horowitz Law

FLORIDA DEPT OF HEALTH TAKES ACTION AGAINST JACKSONVILLE NURSE FOR SEXUAL MISCONDUCT

On February 11, 2021, the Florida Department of Health (FLDOH) issued an Order of Emergency Restriction of Lamon Bibbs license to practice as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) in the state of Florida following allegations of sexual misconduct. Bibbs was first licensed in Florida in 2014.

The alleged misconduct occurred while Bibbs was employed at All Care Home Nursing Services located at 6621 Southpoint Dr. N, Suite 120, Jacksonville, FL 32216.

According to the Florida Department of Health, on December 17, 2020, Mr. Bibbs was assigned home care for a disabled 4-year old in Jacksonville. During his shift, the patient’s mother allegedly heard strange sounds coming from the patient’s bedroom. The sounds were reported to be pornography. The mother then pulled up the video feed from the indoor camera in the patient’s room. She witnessed Mr. Bibb’s watching pornographic content on his cell phone while masturbating while the patient was in the room sleeping. The mother immediately went into the room, and Mr. Bibbs attempted to cover himself. She then asked him to leave.

Mr. Bibbs was questioned by All Care Home Nursing Services subsequently following the incident. Mr. Bibbs stated that he usually waited until the patient went to sleep before masturbating, admitting that he has done this multiple times before.

According to the order, the Surgeon General deemed Mr. Bibbs’ act of masturbating while on assignment and in the presence of a disabled minor and his admittance that this was not an isolated incident indicates that Mr. Bibbs 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. Especially when it is in-home care and are inviting the healthcare professional into our homes. 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.

Aunali S. Khaku Horowitz Law

FLORIDA HEALTH DEPT. TAKES ACTION AGAINST ORLANDO NEUROLOGIST FOR SEXUAL MISCONDUCT

On February 17, 2021, the Florida Department of Health (FLDOH) issued an Order of Emergency Restriction of Dr. Aunali Khaku’s medical license prohibiting the Orlando neurologist from practicing on female patents following allegations of sexual assault at his primary practice located at 392 Rinehart Rd, Suite 3040 in Lake Mary, Florida. Dr. Aunali Khaku was employed as an Associate professor of Neurology at the University of Central Florida. He is a neurologist at Orlando Health in Lake Mary and Orlando and holds hospital privileges at South Seminole Hospital and Orlando Regional Medical Center.  He was first licensed in Florida in 2012.

According to the Florida Department of Health, in November 2020, a 69-year-old woman scheduled an appointment with Dr. Khaku for medical treatment regarding a cyst in her brain, severe migraines, and high blood pressure. Dr. Khaku was alone with patient in the examination room. Khaku proceeded to examine the patient’s neck and then asked her to lift her skirt. He then allegedly began massaging her buttocks while she was face down on the table. He then told her to sit back up because he heard someone coming. He then walked around her and reportedly began rubbing her breasts. The patient froze and felt nervous. Dr. Khaku then told her that he has never done this before and that his wife granted him permission to seek sexual gratification elsewhere. Dr. Khaku allegedly propositioned his patient to have sex, to which she said no. The patient expressed her dismay and that she was extremely uncomfortable. According to the Emergency Order, Dr. Khaku then told her to keep this between them only. He then directed her attention to his erect penis under his scrubs, and patient left the room.

According to the Order, the Surgeon General deemed Dr. Khaku’s misconduct as a blatant violation of his patient. The move to restrict his practice on females was swift as he poses a “serious danger to the health, safety, or welfare of the patient’s under his care” according to the Order.

It is rarely pleasant going to a doctor, 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 a doctor, to touch a patient in any sexual manner.

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.

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Florida Department of Health Needlessly Puts the Public at Risk

“To be the healthiest state in the nation”

That’s the stated ‘vision’ of the Florida Department of Health according to their website. Lofty and impressive goal.

The agency’s ‘mission’ (according to its website) is to “protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida.”  More nice words.

So how does that comport with the Department’s repeated and reckless delays in disciplining those healthcare providers who sexually assault patients and engage in other sexual misconduct.

An easy and effective way to promote public health is to quickly take away the tools that predators use to hurt others. The use of an emergency restriction Order is a remedy that is available while a full investigation into the misconduct is underway.  However, the Department of Health often fails to swiftly employ this tool.

What do police do when they first catch a criminal?  Snatch his or her gun or knife.

That is what we would expect the Department of Health to do as well: promptly take away whatever means sex offenders use to get close to and hurt their victims.

But that is not happening. Consider:

— Parkland pediatrician Michael Mizrachy was arrested on January 12 for having child sex images – after being investigated since June of last year.

Parkland Pediatrician Dr. Michael Mizrachy Arrested On Child Pornography Charges – CBS Miami (cbslocal.com)

He still has an active medical license in good standing.

FL DOH MQA Search Portal | License Verification For Practitioner Details (state.fl.us)

 

— Dr. Stewart Bitman was arrested on January 26 for reportedly sending sexually explicit pictures to a child.

Coral Springs Doctor Arrested For Allegedly Sending Sexually Explicit Photos To A Child

He still has a medical license in good standing  FL DOH MQA Search Portal | License Verification For Practitioner Details (state.fl.us)

 

— Mental health therapist Fernando Gautier was arrested for raping a 14 year old in November 2020.

South Florida Therapist Accused of Raping 14-Year-Old Patient – NBC 6 South Florida (nbcmiami.com)

He still has a active license in good standing.

https://mqa-internet.doh.state.fl.us/MQASearchServices/HealthcareProviders/LicenseVerification?LicInd=15758&Procde=5207&org=%20

–Physical therapist Akepe Ntube was charged with felony sexual battery on a female patient in Lee County last July.

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He still has an active license in good standing.

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–Massage Envy massage therapist Jose Grajales was charged with battery on female client in Palm Beach County last September following an allegation he touched his client’s vagina without her consent during a massage appointment. He entered a ‘no contest’ plea and agreed to surrender his license more than a month ago.

Grajales Plea Deal

He still has an active massage license in good standing.

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What does this slowness to suspend or revoke licenses of abusive health care professionals mean?

It means there is a hidden danger to the unsuspecting public.  These individuals are able to continue to practice medicine (or other healthcare practices) and command the trust of patients that are not aware of their criminal charges.  One might say — what does it matter —  These professionals typically lose their employment.  But what’s to stop them from gaining new employment, becoming self-employed, or venturing into environments like home health care, health care via apps, or telemedicine.  Not all of these criminal cases made headlines news. So, this is information the public needs to know.

The solution, which the Department eventually gets around to in most cases, is an Emergency Order by the DOH restricting these licenses, pending a final hearing.  But that takes far too long.  Sometimes many months.

“To be the healthiest state in the nation” is an admirable goal.

But if the Florida Department of Health is serious about their work, they’ll take an obvious, simple and should-be-quick move to warn the public about predators and make it harder for predators to get access to more victims.

Pennsylvania Moves Towards Justice for Child Sexual Abuse Victims

Pennsylvania Moves Towards Justice for Child Sexual Abuse Victims

House Passes Bill For Justice for Child Sexual Abuse Victims _ Horowitz Law

On Wednesday, January 27, House Bill 14 overwhelmingly passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 187-15, which could lead to a temporary lifting of expired statute of limitations for some child sexual abuse victims, allowing them to file civil suits. The measure would create a two-year window during which civil lawsuits alleging childhood sexual abuse may be filed in court – notwithstanding any statute of limitations that had prevented such filings.  Similar measures have passed in New York, New Jersey, California, North Carolina, and Hawaii among other states.

The bill calls for amending the Pennsylvania constitution to create the “window” for victims to pursue claims, and it will requires voter approval.  It is a companion piece to an effort launched in 2018 by state Rep. Mark Rozzi to reform the state’s child sex crime laws in the wake of a set of stunning investigations into clergy sex abuse in Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania.

If House Bill 14 passes Senate, it could be on the ballot in May 2021. The Pennsylvania Senate judiciary committee has already approved a companion version of the legislation that passed the House Wednesday, and both chambers approved the proposed amendment last legislative session as well. The General Assembly must approve proposed state constitutional amendments in two consecutive sessions.

The proposed amendment to open a window for lawsuits comes after years of campaigning by abuse survivors, including intense lobbying since a 2018 grand jury report revealed that church leaders in six of the state’s Catholic dioceses had covered up abuse by 300 priests that took place over decades. Rozzi, a survivor of childhood abuse inflicted by a member of the Catholic clergy, hailed, “Victims deserve their day in court. Victims have waited long enough.”

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of child sexual abuse throughout Pennsylvania.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused, contact our office today. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of sexual abuse. We can help.  

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Coral Springs Doctor Arrested After Sending Explicit Photos to a Minor

Dr. Stewart Bitman Arrested

After Sending Explicit Photos to a Minor

Stewart Bitman Horowitz Law

On Tuesday, January 26, 2021, Dr. Stewart Bitman, a gastroenterologist of thirty years who has been affiliated with many hospitals in Broward and Miami-Dade counties, was arrested and criminally charged for allegedly sending sexually explicit photos of himself to a 13-year-old.  Dr. Stewart Bitman was booked at the Broward County Main Jail and faces three counts of transmission of material harmful to a minor and one count of solicitation of a minor. Bitman has been licensed to practice medicine in Florida since 1990.  At a bond hearing on January 27, Dr. Bitman’s bond was set at $80,000 ($20,000 for each criminal charge) and he was ordered to have no contact with minors and prohibited from traveling outside of South Florida.  No emergency orders restricting his medical license have been entered yet by the Florida Department of Health. 

According to media reports, a joint investigation with Broward Sheriff’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) detectives and Coral Springs Police Department began in April 2020. The investigation revealed that Bitman sent sexually explicit messages and photographs to an underage girl.  Detectives believe Bitman knew he was communicating with a minor, and while attempting to solicit victims, he portrayed himself as a teenage boy.

Officers reported that the texts revealed Bitman to be sitting at a desk/table in front of a computer with his drawstring shorts/pants and white underpants pulled down below his genitals. The text that is displayed across the picture says, “How many classes RU having each day?”

A SWAT team carried out a search of Bitman’s Parkland home on January 26, taking the doctor into custody and seizing multiple electronic devices for further analysis. Bitman had an office in Coral Springs (3001 Coral Hills Dr. Suite 250, Coral Springs, FL 33065) with Digestive CARE according to his state medical license. The investigation is ongoing. Detectives are working to identify any additional victims with whom Bitman may have communicated.

If you or someone you know has been subjected to sexual miscodnuct 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 

Oxnard Plastic Surgeon Faces Criminal Charges for Sexually Abusing Patients

Dr. David Nathanial Michelson Faces

 Charges For Sexually Abusing Patients

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On January 20, 2021, an Oxnard, California cosmetic surgeon was charged with 22 new counts of felony sexual assault by patients at his medical practice. Dr. David Nathaniel Michelson, age 73, was initially arrested in August 2020 by investigators from the Oxnard Police Department’s Family Protection Unit and Drug Enforcement Unit after an eight month investigation. Michelson has been a licensed plastic surgeon in California since 1975.  He owns his own private practice, Michelson Cosmetic Surgery (1889 N Rice Ave #201, Oxnard, CA 93030) Michelson was forced to surrender his medical license through Jan. 20, 2022, until further investigation.

According to a statement released by Oxnard police, the initial complaint included 15 felony counts of sexual assault and alleged Michelson had digitally penetrated the victim and orally copulated her breast. Authorities were able to identify 14 additional victims who were allegedly violated by Michelson at his practice between 2011 and 2019. Most of his alleged victims were women who spoke Spanish and lived in Santa Maria, Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties. The new victims brought the total number of felony charges against Michelson up to 37 acts of sexual assault. The investigation into Michelson’s alleged crimes remains ongoing.

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 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 

Pensacola Nurse is Arrested on Sexual Misconduct Charge

Pensacola Nurse is Arrested on

Sexual Misconduct Charge

James Bemis Horowitz Law

 

Pensacola nurse James Bemis has been arrested for an alleged sex crimes committed upon a 63-year old disabled male patient at Baptist Hospital. The alleged incident occurred in March 2019 but the arrest was made this month after the Pensacola Police Department got results from a DNA they ran on the hospital bedsheets. In addition, hospital surveillance cameras captured the former Baptist Hospital Behavioral Medicine nurse enter a patient’s room and stay inside the hospital room for 27 minutes, in the early morning hours before the patient reported he was sexually assaulted.

According to State Attorney filings, James Bemis was charged with sexual assault on an elderly or disabled person and indecent exposure.  The alleged victim is a disabled adult. Prior to the arrest, on October 26, 2020, the Florida Department of Health filed an Administrative Complaint before the Board of Nursing against James Bemis, LP.N., for allegedly sexually abusing his patient while on duty at Baptist Hospital (1000 W. Moreno Street) in Pensacola, Florida. The Complaint requests that the Board of Nursing permanently revoke or suspend Bemis’ nursing license, restricts practice, order Bemis to pay an administrative fine, and places him on probation. James Bemis is 71 years old and has been a licensed practical nurse in Florida since 1997.   

The Complaint was filed in response to a report of sexual misconduct by Mr. Bemis on one of his patients in the hospital. According to the Complaint, the incident occurred on March 10, 2019. Mr. Bemis was caught on surveillance cameras entering his 63-year old male patient’s room at 4:01 am and re-emerging from the patient room at 4:28 am. The patient reported the abuse to another nurse and told investigators that Bemis requested oral sex from him. After the man rejected Bemis’s proposition, he said Bemis kissed him on the lips, told him that he loved him, groped him, and masturbated over the man. The patient was also confined to a wheelchair and is a disabled adult.

According to a police investigation, Bemis denied all of his accuser’s claims and told police that his accuser had been on morphine at the time that had made him hallucinate. Bemis was employed at Baptist Hospital Behavioral Medicine for 46 years and had never received a prior complaint, the report stated. However, on December 24, 2019, a laboratory report from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement showed a DNA profile match between Bemis’ DNA and semen found on the accuser’s hospital blanket, the report stated.  The investigators wrote that the patient was “helpless, confined and under the control of Bemis during the incident and unable to defend himself.”

Bemis was placed on administrative leave and was terminated in April 2019. He was arrested on January 3, 2020, and charged with sexual assault and indecent exposure. It is unacceptable, immoral, and unlawful for any 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.