An ex-nurse from Methodist Southlake Hospital was convicted in May for drugging and sexually assaulting a patient in 2017. A week later, Hoa "Kevin" Cam Huyen was sentenced to nine years in prison and 10 years on probation.
A jury of seven men and five women found Huyen guilty of two counts of sexual assault. The victim was undergoing hip replacement surgery in March 2017 when Huyen drugged her and sexually abused her. She testified that she woke up twice during the abuse.
Huyen injected diphenhydramine (aka Benadryl) into the patient's IV and then sexually assaulted her. The victim told police that the medication Huyen gave her made her sleep and that she awoke to discover him sexually assaulting her. Huyen was arrested in March 2017.
Six months before his arrest, another Methodist Southlake Hospital patient reported that a nurse named Kevin touched her breasts repeatedly and gave her medication that she did not want, which left her dizzy and sleepy. This patient testified during the trial, but police suspended her case in January 2017 because the hospital would not provide additional information concerning the identity of the accused nurse.
Huyen had a prior history of sexual misconduct complaints - two at Southlake Methodist and another two from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Flower Mound.
Attorney Marc Lenahan specializes in helping survivors of sexual assault find justice in civil court. We've asked him to discuss the legal options available to those who have been sexually assaulted by doctors, nurses, and other hospital employees:
A great deal of trust is given to doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals. Everyone relies on these professionals to treat us when an injury or illness arises. While most people in the medical field are trustworthy individuals, there is sadly a high potential for sexual abuse. Sexual predators are often found in this field and others that involve positions of trust. When one of these predators abuses patients, it's important both to prosecute the abuser and to determine if the medical facility was negligent in a way that allowed the abuse to occur.
For example, a hospital might be considered negligent and liable for sexual abuse if they failed to contact law enforcement after receiving complaints of sexual misconduct against an employee. In cases which involve negligence, the victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit.
If you or a loved one is a survivor of hospital sexual abuse, we understand the difficulties your family is facing. To learn more about how the legal system can help you find justice, consider contacting one of our experienced sex abuse survivors lawyers.