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Nurse probed for sex abuse under anaesthetic

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14:50 CEST+02:00

A male nurse from University Hospital Zurich (USZ) has been arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing female patients over a long period while they were drugged in the hospital’s anaesthetic recovery room.

 

The nurse’s defenseless victims were allegedly sexually abused while they were still under anasthetic or slowly coming to between January 2008 and May 2011, 20 Minuten newspaper reported. 

The abuse came to light when one patient filed a report to the police.

On receipt of her accusation, the authorities started making enquiries to find out if any other women who had recently received anaesthetics had noticed anything unusual.

“Then numerous patients who were operated on during that time were contacted in writing,“ confirmed deputy state lawyer Daniel Kloiber to TeleZüri television station.

The letter asked the women if they noticed any “unusual events, especially attacks of a sexual nature by a nurse“, Kloiber said. If so, they were told to contact the police.

Several other women who felt that something happened subsequently came forward.

“A criminal investigation is still taking place,“ Kloiber explained. “There is strong suspicion of a crime.“

On Wednesday evening, the alleged offender was arrested at his home.

“He did not resist and allowed himself to be arrested without a problem,“ Kloiber added.

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