According to KSAT, 40-year-old Sergio Ricardo Rodriguez Jr. was arrested after a patient said he sexually assaulted her at one of the CentroMed locations in San Antonio, Texas.
The woman alleges that Rodriguez inappropriately groped her during a breast exam before exposing his genitals to her. She reported the incident to the San Antonio police. Rodriguez was arrested on Tuesday, September 21, 2021, and was released after posting bail on Wednesday.
Police are concerned that more patients may have been victims of Rodriguez and encourage them to come forward. They are currently investigating the accusations with the cooperation of CentroMed.
Attorney Marc Lenahan is an experienced licensed lawyer in Texas who represents victims of sexual assault. Mr. Lenahan has provided commentary on the legal options of victims sexually abused by a nurse practitioner.
“We put trust in our doctors and nurses, expecting medical professionals to respect patients and professionally carry themselves. Sadly, some medical professionals, like nurse practitioners, abuse their positions of power and trust over patients to sexually assault patients. However, these medical professionals must be held accountable for their acts. Victims should know their legal rights to receive justice.”
“Medical centers have a legal duty to uphold the safety of their patients. This might include doing background checks prior to hiring and implementing a rule to have a second nurse in the room during exams. Sexual misconduct by medical professionals, such as nurses, is often the result of third-party negligence. In some cases, the medical professional’s employer can be held negligent if they fail to prevent sexual abuse. For example, if previous misconduct complaints were filed against a doctor, but they were permitted to continue working. In negligence cases, victims may have grounds to file a lawsuit and receive compensation for their abuse.”