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Ex-Nurse to Stand Trial for Allegedly Assaulting Patients


Tuesday, February 5th, 2013
Issue 06, Volume 17.


MURRIETA - A trial date is expected to be set today for an ex- nurse accused of sexually assaulting bed-ridden patients at a Murrieta hospital.

Paul Robert Simon, 53, could face up to six years in prison if he's convicted of three counts each of sexual battery on a medically incapacitated person and lewd acts by a caretaker on a dependent adult. The defendant, who has been in custody at the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta in lieu of $200,000 bail, is slated to appear with his attorney this morning for a trial- setting conference before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Elaine Johnson.

According to the District Attorney's Office, Simon's alleged acts occurred when he worked at Rancho Springs Medical Center. An investigation was initiated by a special agent with the state Department of Justice's Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse in late 2010 following reports of possible criminal activity by a nurse.

One of the alleged victims was a 58-year-old woman admitted to Rancho Springs in April 2009. According to prosecutors, she was briefly on life support but emerged mentally alert. She required physical assistance, however, because of trouble moving her limbs.

According to investigators, on one occasion, Simon -- her assigned nurse -- allegedly went to her bedside and used her hand to masturbate him, and on another occasion, molested her while giving her a bath.

In August 2010, one of his coworkers allegedly spied the defendant feeling the inner thigh of a 57-year-old female patient who was unconscious in her bed. The hospital fired him not long afterward.

The California Department of Justice sent the case to the District Attorney's Office, which filed a complaint against Simon in January.

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MURRIETA - An ex-nurse accused of sexually assaulting bedridden patients must stand trial on multiple felony charges, a judge ruled today. Paul Robert Simon, 53, could face up to six years in prison if he's convicted of three counts each of sexual battery on a medically incapacitated person and lewd acts by a caretaker on a dependent adult. Following a preliminary hearing at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Mark Mandio ruled there was sufficient evidence to warrant a trial in the case. The judge scheduled a post-preliminary hearing arraignment for March 21 and left Simon's bail set at $200,000. The defendant was being held at the Southwest Detention Center. The acts allegedly perpetrated by Simon occurred when he worked at Rancho Springs Medical Center in Murrieta, according to the District Attorney's Office. An investigation was initiated by a special agent with the state Department of Justice's Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse in late 2010 following reports of possible criminal activity by a nurse. One of the alleged victims was a 58-year-old woman admitted to Rancho Springs in April 2009. According to prosecutors, she was briefly on life support but emerged mentally alert. She required physical assistance, however, because of trouble moving her limbs. According to investigators, on one occasion, Simon, her assigned nurse, allegedly went to her bedside and used her hand to masturbate him, and on another occasion, molested her while giving her a bath. In August 2010, Simon was allegedly seen by a coworker feeling the inner thigh of a 57-year-old female patient who was unconscious in her bed. The hospital later fired him. The California Department of Justice sent the case to the District Attorney's Office, which filed a complaint against Simon in January.


Former male nurse at hospital in Murrieta charged with sexual battery of two female patients; Preliminary hearing set for today MURRIETA - A preliminary hearing is scheduled today for a Murrieta man accused of sexually battering two women patients at a Murrieta hospital where he worked as a nurse. Paul Robert Simon, 53, is charged with five felonies -- three counts of sexual battery on a medically incapacitated person and two counts of lewd acts by a caretaker on a dependent adult. He faces up to six years in prison if convicted, according to John Hall of the Riverside County District Attorney's Office. The hearing, scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta, will determine if there is enough evidence for Simon to stand trial. The acts allegedly occurred when he worked at Rancho Springs Medical Center in Murrieta, Hall said. He said an investigation was initiated by a special agent with the state Department of Justice's Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse in late 2010, after someone reported possible inappropriate or criminal activity by a nurse at Rancho Springs. One of Advertisement
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the alleged victims was a 58-year-old woman who was admitted to Rancho Springs in April 2009 and was briefly on life support. When she woke up, she had difficulty moving her body but was mentally alert, according to investigators, who allege that Simon, her assigned nurse, went to her bedside and used her hand to masturbate him. Another time, Simon allegedly touched the same woman inappropriately while he was bathing her. In August 2010, another woman in the hospital was unconscious when Simon was seen by another nurse allegedly inappropriately touching the 57-year-old woman's upper thigh area under her hospital gown, Hall said. The hospital later fired Simon, he said. The state Department of Justice sent the case to the Riverside County District Attorney's Office, which filed the charges in January, Hall said.
MURRIETA - A preliminary hearing is scheduled tomorrow for a Murrieta man accused of sexually battering two women patients at a Murrieta hospital where he worked as a nurse. Paul Robert Simon, 53, is charged with five felonies -- three counts of sexual battery on a medically incapacitated person and two counts of lewd acts by a caretaker on a dependent adult -- and faces up to six years in prison if convicted, according to John Hall of the Riverside County District Attorney's Office. The hearing, scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta, will determine if there is enough evidence for Simon to stand trial. The acts allegedly occurred when he worked at Rancho Springs Medical Center in Murrieta, Hall said. He said an investigation was initiated by a special agent with the state Department of Justice's Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse in late 2010, after someone reported possible inappropriate or criminal activity by a nurse at Rancho Springs. One of the alleged victims was a 58-year-old woman who was admitted to Rancho Springs in April 2009 and was briefly on life support. When she woke up, she had difficulty moving her body but was mentally alert, according to investigators, who allege that Simon, her assigned nurse, went to her bedside and used her hand to masturbate him. Another time, Simon allegedly touched the same woman inappropriately while he was bathing her. In August 2010, another woman in the hospital was unconscious when Simon was seen by another nurse allegedly inappropriately touching the 57-year-old woman's upper thigh area under her hospital gown, Hall said. The hospital later fired Simon, he said. The state Department of Justice sent the case to the Riverside County District Attorney's Office, which filed the charges in January, Hall said.

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MURRIETA - A Murrieta man has been charged with sexual battery on two female patients at Rancho Springs Medical Center in Murrieta while he was working there as a nurse. Paul Robert Simon, 53, was arrested on a $200,000 warrant at about 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 5, by Murrieta police officers at Simon’s apartment on Jackson Avenue in Murrieta. Simon is charged with five felonies: three counts of sexual battery on a medically incapacitated person and two counts of lewd acts by a caretaker on a dependent adult. If convicted as now charged, Simon faces up to six years in state prison. He is scheduled to be arraigned later this week in Dept. S202 at the Southwest Justice Center, 30755 Auld Road, Murrieta. In late 2010, an investigation was started by a special agent with the California Department of Justice’s Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse after that agency was alerted about possible inappropriate or criminal activity by a nurse at the hospital. The investigation revealed the following: In April 2009, a 58-year-old woman was admitted to Rancho Springs Medical Center in Murrieta and briefly was on life-support. When she awoke, she had difficulty moving her body but was mentally alert. It is alleged that Simon, her assigned nurse, went to her bedside and used the woman’s hand to masturbate him. Another time, Simon reportedly touched the same victim inappropriately during a time he was bathing her. In August 2010, another woman was admitted to the hospital and was unconscious when Simon was seen by at least one other nurse reportedly inappropriately touching the 57-year-old woman’s upper thigh area under her hospital gown. Simon’s employment was terminated by the hospital. The Department of Justice completed its investigation and presented the case to the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office which then filed these five felony counts. The case is being prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Jason Stone of the DA’s Elder Abuse Unit.


 

5 comments

Comment Profile ImageFallbrook res.
Comment #1 | Tuesday, Feb 5, 2013 at 1:53 pm
I hope they take his nursing cert. away too. (Once an abuser, always an abuser.)
Comment Profile ImageMatt
Comment #2 | Tuesday, Feb 5, 2013 at 2:21 pm
If he did it, this puke is a societal reject and should be hung from the nearest tree. Swift and appropriate justice should be taken by the friends family members of these 2 vitims. Life support, incapacitated and in the care of? This type of acceptable behavior will never stop until all of you pc excuse makers quit talking about rehabilitation for these cancers. I hope someone ............. in jail or prison.
Comment Profile Imagesick
Comment #3 | Thursday, Mar 7, 2013 at 1:32 pm
what a sick monster. I mean, come on!
Comment Profile ImageMy Two Cents
Comment #4 | Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 at 7:04 am
Another (alleged) disgusting sexual predator with no moral compass.
Comment Profile ImageWilby
Comment #5 | Thursday, Apr 4, 2013 at 11:27 am
In my opinion - Hang him

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