The Chicago Sun-Times has reported that sexual assault charges have been brought against an employee at Saint Anthony Hospital located at 2875 W 19th St, Chicago, IL 60623.
On Monday, March 21, 2022, a 30 year old Kevin Childs was arrested after two female patients accused the patient care technician of sexually abusing them. The first victim, a 52 year old woman alleged that during a sponge bath on January 25, 2022, Childs inappropriately touched her. The second victim reported that the abuse, also occurring during a sponge bath, took place on January 18, 2022.
Childs is being held without bail and charged with four counts of aggravated sex assault and two counts of sex abuse. Police believe ,there may be additional victims and urge them to step forward.
Attorney contributor Brian Kent, an experienced Illinois sexual assault lawyer, has represented a number of victims who were sexually abused in a hospital. Recently, Brian shared his knowledge to assist sexual abuse victims in understanding their rights to determining when they can sue a hospital for being sexually abused by a hospital worker.
"Sexual abuse occurs in hospitals and medical facilities when sexual predators take up positions of power and trust. Too often, we hear of hospital staff members, such as patient care technicians, being charged with sexual assault. Hospitals have a legal commitment to their patients to provide a safe and secure atmosphere, particularly free of sexual predators. Safeguards may include background checks, security cameras, and mandating that a chaperone be present during the bathing of patients."
"In certain incidents of hospital sexual abuse, the abuse is solely the result of the hospital or staff's negligence. Victims and their families have the right to inquire if the hospital took all reasonable precautions to prevent the abuse. If they failed to provide enough protection for patients it may be considered negligent in a court of law. Additionally, if a medical staff member had previous reports of sexual misconduct against them, but the allegations were ignored and the individual was still employed, the hospital could be held liable."
"In such cases of hospital security neglect, the victim and their family may have legal grounds for a lawsuit and should retain the services of a experienced sexual assault lawyer. The victim and their family may be entitled to compensation if the victim's lawyer can show that the crime was predictable and that the hospital was negligent."