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Horowitz Law Files Lawsuit On Behalf of Patient Alleging Sexual Abuse During Sleep Study

Horowitz Law Files Lawsuit On Behalf of Patient Alleging Sexual Abuse During Sleep Study

On November 26, 2019, Horowitz Law filed a lawsuit on behalf of a woman who was allegedly sexually assaulted at a Florida sleep center. The Complaint alleges that sleep technician Andrew Chickoree, 52, of Pasco County, inappropriately touched her during a sleep study at Pasco Sleep Center, located at 5453 Gulf Drive, New Port Richey, Florida.   The defendants in the lawsuit are Pasco Sleep Center and N2 Breathing.

The complaint describes how in August 2019, under the recommendation of her doctor, the woman checked into Pasco Sleep Center to undergo an overnight sleep study. Chickoree escorted her to her sleeping quarters and prepared her for the study. He placed sensors on her body gave her a sleep aid.

The following morning, the woman awoke to Chickoree adjusting the sensors. He began rubbing a damp washcloth over her body and underneath her pants and underwear, directly on her vagina. The woman did not invite or welcome this contact and was stunned by his actions. She realized this was not part of the medical process.

Chickoree was contracted to work as a Polysomnographic Technologist by N2 Breathing.  He was arrested in October 2019 on one count of sexual battery and another count of battery after two Florida women came forward with allegations of sexual assault. Chickoree told them he needed to touch them to ensure the sleep studies would be successful, police said. The inappropriate touching was reportedly recorded by a video camera.

There is an expectation of trust when seeking help from a medical professional. Sexual abuse by a health care practitioner breaches that trust, goes against medical ethics, and breaks the law.  Any healthcare organization or institution in which sexual abuse is committed must take responsibility for failing to properly screen potential employees and to protect the public.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against healthcare organizations on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched at their facilities.  Healthcare practitioners are never permitted to have sexual contact with a client. If you have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery during a healthcare visit, 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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Jury Convicts Sleep Study Technician Andrew Chickoree For Sex Assault

A Pasco County jury convicted sleep study technician Andrew Chickoree of battery on November 16, 2021 after a female patient accused him of touching her in a sexual manner at a sleep study location.  Chickoree is due to be sentenced on December 8, 2021. Chickoree was caught on surveillance video entering the patient room in the middle of the night and placing his hands under the sheets.  When he was confronted, Chickoree made up a story. “We’re not getting good readings. I need to do this in order to get better readings on the electrodes that were connected to her,” said Det. Ed Campbell from the New Port Richey Police Department.

Two women separately reported that they were touched in a sexual manner during overnight sleep studies.  The conviction involves an August 2019 incident at Pasco Sleep Center in New Port Richey, where Chickoree was working alone overnight as a sleep technician.  A separate alleged incident in Zephyrhills occurred at the Florida Medical Clinic Sleep Lab. Chickoree was employed as a Polysomnographic Technologist.

These incidents are an egregious breach of trust.  People go to health care professionals to be healed and not to be harmed.  Any victims of Andrew Chickoree should contact law enforcement to report this incident as soon as possible.

Horowitz Law represents one of the alleged victims of Andrew Chickoree and is interested in speaking to any witnesses, victims or whistle-blowers who may have additional information concerning this matter.

Horowitz Law files lawsuits on behalf of people who were sexually assaulted at a healthcare facility.  If you or a loved one was sexually abused, raped or sexually molested by a doctor, nurse, or any other health care professional, 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.