Friday, August 31, 2012
Hospital Worker Accused of Sexually Abusing Patients
Published: Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012 - 12:50 pm
VISALIA, Calif. -- A hospital worker in Central California has been accused of sexually assaulting two patients.
Authorities say Timothy Michael Pohl of Tulare was arrested Tuesday and booked into jail on suspicion of five counts of assault with intent to commit rape and two counts each of sexual penetration by foreign object and inflicting bodily harm.
Visalia police say the two female victims - one aged 32, the other 42 - came forward this week, accusing the 29-year-old Pohl of sexually assaulting them while they were patients at a health center affiliated with the Kaweah Delta Mental Health Hospital in Visalia.
Pohl has apparently been employed at the hospital since April. Hospital officials say they are cooperating with police and have terminated Pohl's employment.
Pohl's bail was set at $450,000. Jail officials declined to say whether he had a lawyer or to pass him a message.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of a sexual assault or abuse in an California hospital or nursing home, contact the California sexual assault and abuse victims lawyer, Steven M. Sweat at 866-229-0101. Handling cases throughout California including Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Orange County, San Bernardino/Riverside.