Connecticut man on parole accused of sexually assaulting hospital patient
A Connecticut man on parole sexually assaulted a female patient at a hospital while she was sedated, police said.
Rodney Daniels, 44, of Stamford, was charged Friday with first-degree sexual assault and providing a false statement in the attack police said occurred at Norwalk Hospital in late August, the Connecticut Post reported.
Daniels, who was at the hospital because he was under the influence of PCP, was caught on security footage inside the facility entering a female patient’s room multiple times within a 70-minute span during the early hours of Aug. 29, an arrest warrant shows.
“Each time Daniels went into the victim’s room, he closed the door,” the warrant said.
Staffers who responded to the alleged assault after being alerted by the victim’s vital monitors found her exposed as Daniels lay next to her, the warrant states.
Daniels, who was taken back to his room by hospital staffers, later admitted to police upon being discharged from the hospital that he went into the woman’s room without her consent, but insisted they “were just talking,” police said.
The victim, however, later told investigators she “couldn’t respond verbally or physically” at the time because she was on medication that left her sedated, according to the warrant.
The 32-year-old victim also told police the drug stopped her “from moving or talking,” leaving her unable to “even pick up her arm” to stop Daniels, who was spotted by a nurse with his hand on the woman’s genitals, CBS New York reported.
“I really was thinking it was just a bad dream,” the woman told police, a warrant shows.
Hospital staff also waited more than five hours to report the alleged assault, police said.
Daniels, who remained held on $500,000 bond Monday, had been on special parole set to end in August 2021 following a string of convictions dating back to 2011, the Connecticut Post reported.
Daniels’ parole status also designated him as a “sexually violent predator,” the newspaper reported.
Daniels was most recently sentenced in 2015 to three years in prison to be followed by three years of special parole after being convicted of possessing narcotics in Norwalk and conspiracy to commit larceny in Stamford. He’s due in Stamford Superior Court on Oct. 26, the newspaper reports.
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