REDWOOD CITY (CBS SF) — A former anesthesia technician at Stanford Hospital accused of groping surgery patients has pleaded no contest to two counts of sexual battery, prosecutors said.
Robert Lastinger, 56, of Fremont was fired from Stanford last year when several nurses reported he had touched the genitals of male patients post-surgery while they were still under anesthesia. The patients were 16, 22, 25 and 52 years old.READ MORE: California Mandates COVID Vaccinations for All Health Care Workers
The hospital fired him on April 2, 2015, and notified Redwood City police. He had worked there since 2009.READ MORE: Apple To Start Checking iPhone, iCloud Photos For Child Abuse Imagery
Lastinger was charged with four counts of sexual battery but reached a plea deal with prosecutors on Monday to plead no contest to two counts in exchange for a sentence of no more than a year in jail, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.MORE NEWS: Oakland Police Investigate Suspicious Package, Evacuate Nearby Businesses
He is scheduled to return to court on June 29 for sentencing and remains free on $100,000 bail, prosecutors said.
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