Two former patients of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center have alleged that Guillermo Fernando Diaz, a former aide employed by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, sexually assaulted them while they were in the hospital receiving treatment. Police have not yet filed charges. The former aide has been investigated repeatedly for sexual assault in the past 14 years, including rape charges by a former co-worker.
One woman who said she was sexually assaulted said she remains traumatized.
“It’s devastating,” she said, to be victimized “when you’re incapacitated and not yourself and weak and scared.” The Times generally does not name alleged victims in sex crime cases.
During the LAPD probe, a detective discovered two older sexual assault accusations by patients against Diaz — one dating back 14 years — as well as a decade-old complaint by a co-worker who claimed Diaz raped her after an office party. None of those cases resulted in criminal charges.
Diaz has been interviewed by police several times in the last 14 years and denied sexually assaulting patients or the co-worker, according to the search warrant.
In the wake of the complaints, Cedars-Sinai has taken steps to link previously separate databases of employee records, patient complaints and other information, said hospital spokeswoman Sally Stewart. She said the hospital made the changes to improve tracking of allegations against individual staff members but added that it would be speculation to say whether the new system would have led to earlier action in Diaz’s case.
Stewart noted that Diaz was never charged as a result of separate LAPD probes of sexual assault reports made before last year. The hospital, she said, investigated all of the complaints and encouraged the patients who came forward last year to report what occurred to police.
“The totality of all the allegations is completely unacceptable to Cedars-Sinai,” Stewart said. 31 March 2014, Los Angeles Times.
Diaz was fired in July by Cedars-Sinai after the investigation into the assaults began.
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