Pinoy appears in court for sexual assault case

Balitang America

Posted at Sep 22 2012 05:55 PM | Updated as of Sep 25 2012 12:12 AM

SAN FERNANDO, California – A 44-year-old nursing assistant who has been accused of sexually assaulting his female patients asked the court public defender to represent him and to postpone his arraignment on the charges.

Police said Jeremias Diego has been working at the Providence Holy Cross Medical Center since April 2012. He was arrested earlier this week after a female patient alleged that she was molested by him.

“During the time he was doing his job, he took advantage of this woman and touched her in an inappropriate manner. She alerted other nursing staff at the hospital which in turn, notified the Los Angeles police department,” explained Detective Michael Brox.

Police would not say if Diego has any prior criminal history, but they confirmed that during the course of their investigation they found that he was involved in at least two sexually related incidents at Holy Cross Hospital.

Authorities are also making inquiries at Los Robles Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, California where he used to work and asking other potential victims to contact Detective Michael Brox at (818) 838-9902.

Providence Holy Cross Medical Center released a statement saying it takes the allegations against Diego “very seriously and are conducting a thorough internal investigation and cooperating with law enforcement on their investigation.”

Diego declined to speak to Balitang America. He is scheduled to return to court on October 19th.