A 31-year-old paralyzed woman was raped by a Seattle hospital worker with a record of abuse, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports. The alleged assailant, a 39-year-old certified nursing assistant, had been arrested twice for investigation of rape and cleared. He had been fired for sexually harassing a female patient, convicted of a domestic-violence assault, and ordered to stay away from another woman he allegedly threatened.
Despite having been fired from two other hospitals, he managed to get a job at the facility where the rape took place. The case shows glaring deficiencies in Washington’s health care system — such as a fear of lawsuits and bungled communication — that allowed the man to skip from hospital to hospital as his suspected criminal behavior grew bolder. The pattern was not obvious on background checks, because his one conviction — in an assault case — was dismissed after he completed probation.