Nurse Gregory Harms Charged with Sexually Assaulting Patient
61-year-old rehab nurse Gregory Harms has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a patient at the rehab facility where he was employed. The alleged sexual conduct happened in January of this year. Police have not released the name of the facility where the alleged crime took place.
Folsom Police arrested Harms on Friday, November 8, following a long investigation. This investigation also uncovered another prior victim, according to the police.
On Friday, Harms was booked at the Sacramento County Jail on felony charges of assault with intent to commit rape, penetration by foreign object by means of force or fear, and anal genital penetration. He is currently being held without bail.
Other potential victims and anyone else with information regarding this case have been asked to contact Detective Melanie Catanio at 916-355-7241.
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Legal Options For Victims of Sexual Assault by Nurses
As a former sex crimes prosecutor and founding partner of AbuseGuardian.com, attorney contributor Brian Kent has helped sexual assault victims find justice in both criminal and civil courts. Today, he represents victims and their families in civil lawsuits. Here are some thoughts from Brian on the legal rights of those who have been sexually assaulted by nurses in rehab facilities, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities:
Nurses and other healthcare workers are trusted to take care of us when we need help the most. The relationship between a patient and their nurse is built on trust, so it’s critical that healthcare facilities make sure all of their employees are trustworthy. Sadly, there is a high risk for abuse when untrustworthy people are permitted to work from positions of trust.
When a nurse is arrested for allegedly sexually abusing patients, both the nurse and the facility should be investigated. Along with the criminal investigation of the alleged abuser, the facility can be investigated to determine if negligence played a role in enabling the abuse to occur.
For example, a rehab facility could be considered negligent if previous concerns were raised about inappropriate behavior by the abuser, but no action was taken to address these concerns.
If you or a loved one is a victim of sexual assault by a nurse or another healthcare professional, you can learn more about your legal options in a free consultation with one of our veteran sex abuse victims lawyers.
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