According to ABC 10, a patient was sexually assaulted during an exam by a nurse practitioner at Wellpath Community Care Center located at 1130 Conroy Ln Suite 100, Roseville, CA 95661.
On April 30, 2022, Anthony DeSouza was arrested and charged with the sexual battery of a female client during an exam. The adult female reported the incident to the Roseville Police Department. The department is concerned there may be additional victims and urge anyone who may have been victimized by DeSouza to come forward.
Attorney Bobby Thompson is an experienced licensed lawyer in California who represents victims of sexual assault. Bobby recently discussed some of the legal options available for victims sexually assaulted by a nurse practitioner.
"As patients, we place our faith in our doctors and nurses, expecting them to treat us with dignity and professionalism. Unfortunately, some medical personnel, such as nurse practitioners, abuse their power and trust and exploit patients during vulnerable times, such as an exam. These medical professionals can be held accountable for their heinous actions."
“Additionally, those that employ these nurse practitioners may also be held accountable if they failed to prevent the abuse in the first place. Medical and wellness centers have a legal obligation to protect their patients' safety. This might involve doing background checks before hiring and requiring a second nurse to be present during physical assessments. Sexual misconduct is often a result of third-party negligence, such as the medical center. If the medical professional's employer was aware of previous reports of misbehavior but allowed them to continue working, they could be deemed liable. Victims of medical abuse may be able to file a lawsuit and receive compensation in the event that the center was negligent. An experienced sexual assault attorney can guide victims to get the justice they deserve."