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EMT convicted of raping intoxicated patient in Mission Viejo hospital

November 13, 2009 |  9:11 pm
An emergency medical technician, or EMT, was convicted Friday of raping a female patient in a hospital room while she was unable to resist due to intoxication, authorities said.

Jesse Karim Pena, 32, of Winchester was sentenced to three years in state prison after pleading guilty in Newport Beach to one count of rape of an intoxicated person, according to a release from the Orange County district attorney’s office.

The victim, identified only as Jane Doe, was taken by ambulance to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo on Feb. 21. At around midnight, Pena logged into her hospital room and attacked her while she was alone and unable to resist, prosecutors said.

The victim later reported the incident to hospital officials, who called 911. Traces of DNA on the victim’s gown were later compared to DNA samples given by Pena and found to match.

Pena was arrested at a family member’s home in Ontario on June 25. At the time of the rape, Pena was an independent contractor EMT who may also have worked at other hospitals in Orange County and the San Diego area, prosecutors said.

-- Monte Morin