A former nurse at Glenbrook Hospital in Glenview, Illinois has been charged with multiple sex crimes after two patients reported him for sexual assault.
26-year-old David Giurgiu has been charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault and criminal sexual abuse as a result of an investigation into those two reports. He was arrested at the Glenview Police Department after being questioned by investigators.
In the first case, a woman in her 70s told police that Giurgiu had sexually assaulted her in November of 2018. She told investigators that he had forced her to touch his genitals after she asked for a painkiller.
In August of this year, a woman in her 50s told police that Giurgiu had also sexually assaulted her while giving her pain medication. He allegedly rubbed his privates against her arm and masturbated.
The second woman reported the alleged assault to hospital officials the next day. Giurgiu was fired after an internal investigation by the hospital and the police were notified.
Glenview Police believe that there may be other victims who have not yet come forward and have urged others to contact them.
According to prosecutors, Girgiu confessed to these two sexual assaults. He is scheduled to appear in court on September 27 at 1:30 p.m.
Attorney contributor Brian Kent helps survivors of sexual assault find justice, answers, and support in civil lawsuits. Here is Brian with some general information on the legal rights of those who have been sexually assaulted by nurses and other healthcare professionals.
No one should have to worry about their safety while receiving medical care at a hospital or another healthcare facility. But sadly, there have been widespread reports of hospital patients being violated by the medical professionals entrusted with their care. Sexual assault has become a major problem in our healthcare system, including reported cases involving doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals sexually assaulting their patients.
Patients who have been sexually assaulted by a medical professional should be aware of their legal rights. The criminal justice system handles the investigation and prosecution of these sexual predators, but in some cases, there are also third parties who are responsible for failing to prevent the assault due to negligence. In cases of third-party negligence, the victim may have grounds for a lawsuit.
For example, a hospital could be considered negligent if there had been previous complaints of sexual misconduct involving the accused medical professional, but nothing was done in response to these complaints. If the hospital is found negligent, the victim may have the right to file a lawsuit against the facility.
If you or a loved one is a survivor of sexual assault by a medical professional, you can learn more about your legal rights in a free case evaluation with an experienced sexual assault victims lawyer.