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OC hospital worker is charged with raping sedated patient

March 18, 2011 |  5:53 pm

Francisco Ayala Jr.An Orange County hospital worker on Friday was charged with rape, sodomy and other crimes against a female patient who was anesthetized, prosecutors said.

Francisco Ayala, 27, of Anaheim was working as a patient care technician at St. Joseph Hospital's emergency room and was assigned to monitor the female patient on the March 8 night shift, authorities said. Sometime during his shift, he sexually assaulted the 33-year-old woman, who was sedated, the Orange County district attorney's office said.

The woman, who was not identified, reported the attack to hospital officials. After interviewing Ayala and other employees, the hospital worker was taken into custody Wednesday night, prosecutors said.

Ayala is being held in Central Jail in Santa Ana on $100,000 bail. If convicted as charged, he faces up to 24 years in prison.


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Photo: Francisco Ayala. Credit: Orange Police Department