A former employee of Lahey Hospital's Rehabilitative Services in Danvers has been accused of sexually assaulting a patient at the facility last March. 55-year-old Pasquale Piantedosi appeared in Salem Superior Court on Monday and pleaded not guilty to two counts of rape.
Piantedosi was arrested on a warrant which was issued after his indictment last week. According to the indictments, the alleged incidents happened on March 9. Piantedosi allegedly sexually assaulted the victim with his finger two times.
According to Lahey Hospital, Piantedosi was suspended and subsequently fired after the facility learned of the allegations against him.
A pretrial conference is scheduled for February 7.
Attorney contributor Kim Dougherty helps survivors of sexual violence find the justice and support they deserve in civil court. We've asked Kim for some insight into the options for legal recourse available to those who have been sexually assaulted as patients by healthcare workers:
Healthcare workers are trusted to care for us when we need it the most. While the vast majority of these professionals are trustworthy and invaluable members of their communities, a small minority are sexual predators who abuse and assault their patients. These predators must be held accountable for their crimes and their victims must get the support they need. In situations where a healthcare facility failed to prevent the sexual assault of a patient because of negligence, the victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit against the facility.
For example, a healthcare facility could be considered negligent for improper training and supervision or for failing to run a background check and hiring an employee with a history of sexual misconduct.
If you or a loved one has been sexually assaulted by a healthcare worker, you have options for justice. You can learn more about your family's legal options by speaking to one of our experienced sexual assault victims attorneys.