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: San Francisco Airport BART Station Closed Because of Police Activity
The hospital fired him on April 2, 2015, and notified Redwood City police. He had worked there since 2009.READ MORE: Santa Rosa Hostage Standoff Ends; Knife-Wielding Suspect Arrested; Victims Including Small Child Unharmed
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: Thick Fog Bank Blankets San Francisco, North Bay Valleys
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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