Lovelace Westside Patient Accused of Sexual Assault
Police in Albuquerque have arrested a man for allegedly raping a fellow patient at Lovelace Westside Hospital while the woman was sleeping on the evening of Monday, January 21.
22-year-old Anthony Casiquito was arrested on Tuesday and charged with criminal sexual penetration, tampering with evidence, and false imprisonment.
According to court documents, officers were called to the hospital on Golf Course NW on Monday night to investigate a reported sexual assault. After arriving, they spoke with security guards who told them that Casiquito was being detained in an exam room.
The woman told police that she checked into the hospital at around noon on Monday. After taking some anxiety medication, she fell asleep. She says that shortly before 6 p.m., she woke up to a man on top of her. The man then allegedly penetrated her with his fingers, pinned her down, and kissed her until she was able to push him away.
The police say that when an officer contacted Cosiquito, he spat at him but missed.
As of Wednesday evening, Casiquito was still in jail.
Legal Recourse for Survivors of Hospital Sexual Assault
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com is a former prosecutor who now helps survivors of sexual assault find justice in civil cases. We’ve asked him to share some input regarding the legal options available to those who have been sexually assaulted in hospitals and other medical facilities:
No one should have to worry about their safety while being treated at a medical facility. But unfortunately, not all of our hospitals, doctors offices, and clinics are as safe as they should be. There have been numerous reports of sexual assault in hospitals across the country, with perpetrators including both staff and other patients. When a patient is sexually assaulted, we must prosecute the offender, get the victim the support they need, and determine if the medical facility failed to keep their patients safe through negligence.
For example, a hospital might be considered negligent for a patient-on-patient sexual assault for inadequate supervision which allowed one patient to enter the room of another. In cases that involve negligence, the victims and their families may have grounds to file a lawsuit.
If you or a loved one has been sexually assaulted in a hospital or another medical facility, we understand how difficult this time is for you. To learn more about your family’s legal options, contact one of our experienced sexual assault survivors lawyers for a free consultation.