A manager for BrightStar Care Seminole County has been arrested for allegedly raping a client during a home visit. 42-year-old Gregory Lee Porras is charged with sexually assaulting the client, who is blind.
Seminole County deputies said that the victim was using BrightStar Care's medical staffing service to help her with chores at her home in unincorporated Longwood. She contacted Porras to request a new worker because she was unhappy with the one sent to her. Porras then reportedly went to her home to discuss the company's services, where the victim says Porras began making inappropriate advances and eventually raped her.
A report from the Seminole County Sheriff's Office says Porras got dressed after the assault and started discussing the business again as if nothing had happened. According to deputies, evidence from the scene matches what the victim told them.
Deputies are worried that there could be other victims and anyone with information regarding this case has been encouraged to come forward.
Porras is charged with two counts of sexual battery, one count of crimes against a disabled adult, and one count of an employee having sex with a disability client.
Attorney contributor Michael Haggard represents survivors of sexual abuse in civil lawsuits. Here are a few general thoughts from Michael on the legal options available to healthcare sex abuse victims and their families:
Healthcare is a sensitive field and it's important that all healthcare workers can be trusted to treat their patients with respect. This is especially true for workers who regularly interact with vulnerable patients, such as the elderly and disabled. Tragically, sexual abuse is a serious problem in healthcare, and vulnerable patients are among the most common victims.
Sexual abuse of patients by healthcare workers raises many troubling concerns that must be addressed. When survivors come forward, it's important to make sure they get the support they need and that their abuser is arrested and prosecuted. Additionally, it's important to determine if the worker's employer was negligent in a way that allowed the abuse to occur, such as hiring an employee without conducting a background check.
In cases involving negligence, the victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit. If you or a loved one is a survivor of sexual abuse by a healthcare worker, you can learn more about your family's legal options by speaking with an experienced sex abuse survivors attorney.