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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.

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.

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.

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.

Jeovanni hechavarria sexual abuse nurse

Three Women Report Sexual Assault by Cape Coral Hospital Nurse

A third victim claims former Cape Coral registered nurse Jeovanni Hechavarria, 36, of Port Charlotte attacked her while she was a patient at Cape Coral Hospital.  Two other victims previously came forward.  One says Hechavarria raped her while she was on a sedative in 2016 and threatened to continue if she reported him.

Hechavarria was fired on July 16, 2016, one day after the rape is alleged to have taken place.  The Florida Department of Health has barred him from working with female patients at any hospital unless a supervisor is present.  Hechavarria is also accused of threatening the victim that he would rape her again and warning her not to tell anyone what happened, according to Health Department documents.