Crime & Justice

Ex-hospital aide probed in patient assault cases

Two women have come forward saying a male nursing assistant at Cedars-Sinai sexually assaulted them. The employee was fired last year.
Two women have come forward saying a male nursing assistant at Cedars-Sinai sexually assaulted them. The employee was fired last year.
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 A former nursing assistant at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is under investigation after two women said they were sexually assaulted while being treated at the hospital.

The Los Angeles Times reports that detectives served a search warrant at Cedars-Sinai earlier this year to obtain disciplinary records for Guillermo Fernando Diaz, a nursing assistant who had been assigned to a heart patient area. The hospital says the 56-year-old was fired in July.

The women came forward separately last year and gave police similar accounts about how a male employee assaulted them while they were heavily medicated and too weak to resist.

A district attorney's spokeswoman says prosecutors are reviewing whether to file criminal charges.

Diaz had his nursing assistant certification revoked in November.

He declined to speak to the newspaper.