Doctors hospital in Sarasota, Florida, has announced that it will no longer be accepting new patients after a 12th doctor was found guilty of raping a patient in a remote, remote location.
The hospital said that the doctor’s arrest in April 2016 was the result of an investigation that began when the patient made an allegation of rape.
A medical staff member reported to the Sarasotan County Sheriff’s Office that the patient had been sexually assaulted in a room at the hospital on Feb. 24, 2016.
The sheriff’s office began investigating on March 1, and the victim reported that the suspect had assaulted her while she was alone in the hospital room.
According to the sheriff’s Office, the man was arrested on May 2.
After being interviewed by the sheriff, the suspect was charged with three counts of rape and two counts of sexual battery and is being held on a $10,000 bond.
A doctor who performed the rape and battery is now facing charges for failing to report the crime to police.
The doctor has been suspended without pay, and his employment at the institution has been terminated, the hospital said.
In a statement released Thursday, the Sarisotan Medical Group, the company that owns the hospital, said the hospital is committed to ensuring the safety of its patients, staff and employees.
“The Sarisota Medical Group is aware of a medical staff employee who has been accused of a rape of a patient.
The Sarisotsan Medical Network has initiated an investigation and will work with the victim and her attorney to determine the best course of action,” the statement read.
The news comes as the United States grapples with a nationwide epidemic of sexual assault, and more than 50,000 patients were sexually assaulted at hospitals across the country between 2013 and 2019.
President Donald Trump has also said he will not allow a woman to be raped during her pregnancy, which has fueled fears of a spike in the number of women being sexually assaulted by their physicians.