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Authorities arrest technician accused of raping patient at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange

Francisco Ayala Jr. A hospital technician at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange was arrested Wednesday night on charges of sexually assaulting a female patient during the night shift on March 8, authorities said.

Francisco Ayala Jr. of Anaheim, 27, was arrested  about 6:30 p.m. following an interview with Orange Police Department investigators, according to Orange Police Sgt. Dan Adams.

“We will not release what his statement was at this time,” Adams said. “But based on the totality of our investigation we were able to arrest him on the alleged charges.”

Ayala was arrested on suspicion of rape, sodomy and oral copulation and booked into the Orange County jail, he said.

The patient was seeking treatment in the emergency room when Ayala, a patient care technician assigned to monitor her, allegedly assaulted her, Adams said.

The next day, the woman told hospital officials that a patient care technician had assaulted her. Officials then reported the incident to police, he said.

As of Tuesday, authorities had not interviewed Ayala.

Adams told The Times earlier this week that a patrol officer took reports from the hospital and the patient and filed the paperwork Thursday. But the detective bureau is generally closed Friday, Saturday and Sunday unless there is a major case like a murder, he said, and on Monday all of the department's detectives were investigating a homicide.

"The time line is very normal for an investigation like this," Adams said Tuesday.

An official with the state Department of Public Health said the agency also has opened an investigation but declined to provide further details.


Woman accuses Orange hospital worker of sexual assault

-- Louis Sahagun

Photo: Mugshot of Francisco Ayala Jr. Credit: Orange Police Department

Comments () | Archives (13)

What would be a fair punishment for this rabid sex predator? Castration, public flogging, and EVERY single day of 10 years in lock down for this scumbag? I vote YAY!

Another illegal alien "Doing the jobs Americans just WILL NOT do"

its not true...me and frnk are best friends...like brothers

In response to the below comments:

1) What ever happened to innocent until proven guilty?

2) Only racists assume that people with a Spanish surname live in this country illegally.

HEY LAT what gives with the censorship???
I don’t know if the accused is really an illegal alien, but do you think the Orange PD would have to CLOSE their detective bureau on Friday if the state and CA cities weren't supporting so many citizens of Mexico and Central America? Enforce current immigration laws! Oh, and if "Frank" is your friend, you need to make better choices.

I work with Frank and I find it hard to believe this. It isn't possible. The ER is busy 24/7 Doctors, RN's, PCT's and security are always walking in the rooms. 53 Espeically for equipments!

I am a St Joseph employee,
First of all, what make you think sending anyone to Mexico is the answer? He is a U.S. Citizen!
The ER is busy 24/7 especially with this flu season. I find this hard to believe. Which Doctors, RN's PCT's and security are always walking in the room at any given time. The room 53 which has more then one bed is, also where our supplies are. Everyone walks in to get supplies.
I believe Frank is innocent.
Don't judge or be a hater!

Something is odd about this story. A woman who is either drunk or high or both claims she was raped and identified this man as the perp? Do I have this right?

The other report was that she was barely conscious.

Is there any video evidence? I'm quite hawkish on prosecuting people that do this, but something in this story is off.

Maybe it happened, but I really quesion this. Rape, sodomy, oral copulation? That's an awful lot to get done in a busy ER. A large number of patients visiting an ER are drug seekers scamming for, or just flat out demanding narcotics or benzos. They have no conscience, and will get very angry and retaliate if a staff member doesn't give them what they want. A common way angry, unsatisfied female drug seekers retaliate is by accusing the noncompliant staff member of sexual assault - the next day, or next week, or maybe even a year later.

How could this happen? There are many layers of background checks that go into hiring people, how did this guy slip through? I have led a ultra clean life and can't get a part time or full time job there? Yet this monster is left alone to "monitor" some one who was out cold. Did he act alone or did he have a look out?

every body is so quick to judge,.that do process , and proven guilty beyon,the shadow of the dout,,but now a days ,,there is no such crop..just ..haters

I want to thank those who stood up and reminded of us of the fact that he is still innocent until proven guilty. It is refreshing to see that on any website.

His namesake is not the issue and this is not about race. This guy folded when the cops talked to him otherwise he would have been on every talk show screaming race if he wasn't guilty. So drop the race card and face it for what it is: RAPE.


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