A Dallas police officer assigned to Parkland Memorial Hospital is facing numerous criminal charges for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman in the hospital's parking lot. 28-year-old Keivon Gamble has been charged with rape, two counts of assault, and other related felony charges.
Police received a call on the night of November 16 reporting a sexual assault in the parking lot of Parkland Memorial Hospital. A woman told police that Gamble had started physically abusing her earlier in November, but this prior abuse did not happen on hospital property.
The affidavit says that the woman told police Gamble had grabbed her violently several times, including around her neck with both hands on November 12. He also allegedly sexually assaulted her a previous time on November 13.
Responding officers at Parkland found bruising on the victim's neck, hands, chest, and arms. She drove herself to police headquarters for an interview. The victim also gave officers a video of the assault, in which she can be heard saying "no" multiple times.
Gamble told family violence detectives that the sex with the victim was consensual. He was brought to Lew Sterrett Jail shortly after this interview.
Attorney contributor Marc Lenahan represents sexual assault victims in civil lawsuits. Marc has offered to share some of his thoughts regarding the legal rights of those who have been sexually assaulted at hospitals:
Hospitals have a legal duty to ensure the safety of patients, employees, and other visitors to their properties. While you may expect a hospital to be a safe environment, the sad reality is that sexual assaults at hospitals and other medical facilities are more common than most of us would like to believe.
When someone is sexually assaulted at a hospital, it's important that the assault is reported to law enforcement and that the victim is provided with the help they need. Additionally, the hospital should be investigated to determine if they had adequate safety protocol for preventing sexual assault. Some hospital sexual assault cases are preventable and only happen due to negligence - such as inadequate security.
In cases of negligence, victims of hospital sexual assault may have grounds for a lawsuit against the hospital. If you or a loved one has been sexually assaulted at a hospital, you can learn more about your legal rights by speaking with one of our experienced sexual assault victims lawyers in a free consultation.