Laguna Hills medical assistant arrested after allegedly molesting 3 women in their 50s

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A medical assistant at Saddleback Hospital in Laguna Hills was arrested Wednesday evening for allegedly molesting three patients, all women in their 50s.

Investigators said they suspect there may be more victims.

Narciso Romanes Blando of Orange was arrested at home on suspicion of sexual assault, according to Jim Amormino of the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

According to Amormino, Blando works at the hospital, located near the Laguna Woods senior citizen community, as a "patient care assistant."

On Monday night, a patient in her 50s complained to hospital officials that Blando touched her groin area as he was rubbing pain-medication cream on her ankles, Amormino said.

A few hours later, about 1 a.m. Tuesday, another patient in her 50s woke up to find Blando stroking her hair and kissing her face.

"She told him to stop and eventually he did comply," Amormino said.

A third patient also alleged that Blando kissed her on the face and stroked her hair, but Amormino did not know when that alleged encounter occurred.

All of the women were under the influence of prescription-strength pain medication at the time of the alleged molestations, Amormino said.

Blando was being held in lieu of $25,000 bail, according to jail records.