FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 27, 2019
Nurse Tech Sentenced for Sexually Assaulting Hospital
A patient care technician
who sexually assaulted patients at Ben Taub and Kingwood Medical Center, was
sentenced to 15 years in prison, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg
Ernesto Pedraza, 53, was
convicted by a jury on one felony charge of sexual assault. He used his
access as nurse technician in 2015 and 2016, at Ben Taub and Kingwood Medical
Center, respectively, to sexually assault adult male patients.
During their time at the
hospitals, the victims noted they remembered Pedraza performing sex acts on
them without their consent, while drifting in and out of consciousness.
“We trust hospital staff
to treat us in emergencies, not take advantage of our vulnerability,” said
Assistant District Attorney Kaitlin Kaufmann. “Pedraza broke that trust
over and over, and a jury of his peers decided he was guilty.”
Both hospitals conducted
investigations and terminated Pedraza.
The case was investigated
by the Houston Police Department.
Attorneys Kaitlin Kaufmann and Janna Oswald of the Public Corruption Division
prosecuted the case.